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  1. [CG] LAWLTA
    The Isomicon reveals its first secrets! While you’ve been defending against the evil that threatens Etheria, Gran Ma’ster found a way to imbue certain shards with incredible power. These hyper shards contain a very unstable power so she is only providing them to defenders that prove their mastery of the defensive arts. At the Gran Ma’ster’s behest, the Defense Council devised a set of challenges for the heroes to overcome.
    With the aid of the Abyss Lord, Gran Ma’ster continues to delve deeper into the forbidden knowledge contained within the Isomicon. There’s still much more to decrypt, but there is a growing concern from what’s been revealed — dark forces are coming, and we are NOT ready. Go forth, Defenders! Prepare yourselves, and PROTECT ETHERIA!
    Greetings Defenders,
    It’s time to prove your strength, Ancient's Prelude (Update 1.2) is live! This is a monster of an update, introducing some amazing features that will push your limits. This patch has some awesome new content, a new additional cosmetic system, quality of life changes, balance, bug fixes, and kicks off the beginning of our seven week progression event. Let’s dive in!
    New Game Mode: MASTERY
    The new game mode, Mastery, provides access to all Chaos maps, allowing you to choose where and how you progress. Gran Ma’ster requires you to complete up to five challenges per map, each indicated with a star on the Mastery progress bar. She’s not going to be making it easy either. In order to earn the full five stars on each map, you’ll need to complete all of the challenges together. All stars are earned one time, so once you’ve five starred a map, you have mastered the challenges presented and will have earned all the rewards it has to offer. The power contained within the Hyper Shards is unstable, so only Defenders that prove their might may equip them.

    When conquering the Mastery game mode you’ll receive great rewards as you progress. Here’s what you can expect to earn as you decimate challenges:
    Hyper Shards
    Exclusive Flair
    Golden Pets
    Ascension levels
    Defender Medals
    Gold on gold on gold
    With the Mastery game mode, we’ll be releasing a new tier every week, for the next seven weeks at on Wednesday at 9 AM EDT! It’s a lot of content to conquer, here’s a look at the schedule:
    Mastery 1:  October 11th (TODAY!)
    Mastery 2:  October 18th
    Mastery 3:  October 25th
    Mastery 4:  November 1st
    Mastery 5:  November 8th
    Mastery 6:  November 15th
    Mastery 7:  November 22nd
    The cap of earn-able stars will start at 105 with Mastery 1. Every additional tier will add an extra 105 stars to be earned, with the last week providing a total of 735 stars to be earned.
    To achieve absolute mastery, experimentation with new builds is required to overcome the tasks set before you, pushing your limits as a Defender. Over the coming weeks, the Defense Council will work diligently with the Gran Ma’ster and Abyss Lord to continue deciphering additional levels of challenges and rewards for heroes capable of proving their mastery. The amount of time needed to decipher and develop each new Hyper Shard is about a week. To fill that time, we’ll be providing a little competition to celebrate this new discovery!
    Special Event:  PROVE YOUR MASTERY
    We’re running a special event:  PROVE YOUR MASTERY over the next SEVEN weeks! This provides time for Gran and company to conjure the Hyper Shards that each tier rewards. The event showcases players on special weekly Mastery leaderboards. It lists the first 10 players to reach 105 stars per Mastery tier, per platform (PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4). If there aren’t 10 people to reach 105 stars at the end of the event, it ranks the furthest progressed players.
    The Mastery leaderboards will update every 15 minutes, and require defenders to reach at least 10 stars before appearing on the leaderboard. Click here to check out the Mastery leaderboard.
    The event starts at 9 AM EDT, and lasts until 9 AM EDT the following Wednesday. As the previous week-long event ends, the next event starts immediately after. Special prizes will be revealed soon after the event launches! These prizes do not give any powerful benefits, but provide visual bragging rights that spotlight defenders conquering the content the fastest. Teaming up is a huge benefit to dominating these challenges. If a team of two to four players claims the first spot, they’ll all be listed as first place. This means that second, third, and fourth place are still up for grabs. We’ll be sharing more information on the rewards soon!
    New Shards:  HYPER SHARDS
    Exclusive to the Mastery game mode are Hyper Shards, unique shards that you’ll only be able to claim if you are able to conquer the challenges Gran Ma’ster has provided for you. Hyper shards will be reminiscent of some of your favorite shards, except cranked way up in power. Each type of these shards will only be earned one time, and don’t worry — you can’t sell them.
    There are seven different shards that can be earned. Here is a look at the shards and where you can earn them:
    50 Stars:    Mass Destruction
    155 Stars:  Vicious Strikes
    260 Stars:  Radiant Critical Power
    365 Stars:  Explosive Shielding Guard
    470 Stars:  Thunderstruck
    575 Stars:  Destructive Pylon
    680 Stars:  Super Fortification
    These shards pack an extra punch, and can all be earned once. There is no limit to how many can be equipped at the same time. They are needed to bolster your strength to take on Gran’s challenges!
    New Cosmetic System:  FLAIR
    A new cosmetic system, Flair, allows your heroes to look even more legendary than before! Flair can be equipped over any existing costumes or looks on a hero and there’s currently four categories of flair:
    Head (Halos, masks, and auras)
    Back (Wings)
    Waist (floating objects and auras)
    Feet (auras, fire, and other effects)
    There’s more than one way to acquire this new cosmetic so you can look even more heroic on the battlefield. Flair is available through:
    Collecting stars through Mastery
    Future game content
    In-game Shop
    Platform Storefronts (Steam, Xbox Live, and PlayStation Network)
    Flair will unlock as you collect more stars through Mastery, future game content, and available through our various store fronts. One of the packs will be available outside of the game for a particularly demonic look, but we’ll discuss later in the blog. With such a wide variety of customizable ways to mix and match flair, you’ll be sure to stick out in the Heroes Marketplace!
    New pets: GOLDEN PETS
    Golden pets are BACK!  Well… some of them. Golden pets are pets that you will receive while playing through the Mastery game mode. It’s another way to show off just how great of a defender you are to those around you.
    You’ll be able to earn a single golden pet type multiple times, for a total of seven pets:
    90 Stars:    Golden Gato Egg
    195 Stars:  Golden Creeper Egg
    300 Stars:  Golden Dragon Egg
    405 Stars:  Golden Gato Egg
    510 Stars:  Golden Creeper Egg
    615 Stars:  Golden Dragon Egg
    720 Stars:  Golden Gato Egg
    With golden pets and the new flair system, you’ll be the envy of all that see you!
    Halloween in Etheria

    You’ll notice that your Private Tavern and the Heroes Marketplace have been decorated to celebrate Halloween. To add to the celebration, the Halloween-themed seasonal flair is now available! This flair is our first iteration of seasonal-themed flair, but it most definitely will not be our last — you have to look amazing year-round, right? With the Halloween set in particular, you’ll not only terrify your enemies on the battlefield, you’ll also be their worst nightmares!
    Our Halloween pack, The Bundle of the Beast, will become available closer to Halloween on Steam, Xbox Live, and PlayStation Network.
    Quality of Life
    Selling Equipment With Shards
    Implementing new shards that are acquired only once required some special attention. With this patch, if you sell a piece of loot that has shards inserted, the shards will be put into your inventory instead of being sold as well.
    If your inventory is full when you sell a piece of loot, the shards will go to the scavenger for 30 minute. If you close the game, go between the Town, Private Tavern, or a map, the Scavenger will still have it for 30 minutes. Once 30 minutes has past, you won’t be able to reclaim them from him.
    Orbs
    Orbs have been relics that we’ve received a ton of community feedback on. To keep things balanced and functioning, defense speed has a cap. Orbs specifically were avoided by defenders due to them not being effective in providing optimal stats throughout the entirety of progression. Every relic type should be useful in most levels of play, and Orbs were not able to do this to a level we were content with.
    Based off community feedback, we’ve removed Orbs from loot tables. This means that you won’t see orbs dropping, but instead another piece of gear will be dropping in its place. Current orbs will not be removed from your inventory or equipment. With orbs removed, you’ll be receiving more loot that will help you progress!
    Hero Changes
    Mystic
    Call To Madness
    Cooldown increased 10 seconds to 20 seconds.
    Previously players were able to infinitely confuse a lane when using the inspiration shard.

    Series EV-2
    Weapons Manufacturer
    Adjusted range scaling with the introduction of Vicious Strikes Hyper Shard.
    General
    Weapons
    Shadowflame Dagger
    Projectile life-time reduced to 2 seconds.
    Bug Fixes

    PC users will notice a command window opening with the game. This is a window to help us monitor any errors that might come with this update. If you close this window it will also close the game. It's only temporary and will be removed with our next patch.
    Fixed an issue where comparing items on the ground was not properly appearing.
    Fixed a homing issue with Shadowflame Dagger.
    Fixed an issue where Dryad could build a third permanent hornet nest.

    Fixed an issue with Deadly/Vicious Strikes being removed from a world tree, that allowed defenses to remain outside the reduced range.
    Fixed an issue where pressing Esc to leave the Emporium or Inventory caused lag spikes.
    Fixed an issue where clicking To Hub would freeze players and return them to the title screen.
    Fixed an issue where Power of Storms shard was restoring 56 mana instead of 60.
    Fixed an issue with the Limit Break challenge not properly awarding score bonuses.
    Fixed an issue with the Heroic Power shard not performing correctly.
    Fixed an issue where failing the Kobold Bling King map allowed you to continue playing the map.
    Removed Consecutive Win row on scoreboard when it would appropriately show “0”.
    Fixed an issue that disconnected players loading into Forest Biome on Xbox One.
    Fixed an issue with various shards using incorrect values.
    Fixed an issue where Join Game and Create Game were placed incorrectly.
    Even More On The Way...
    Mastery is just the tip of the iceberg for you, Defenders. While you conquer Gran’s difficult challenges and tests, you’ll attain the strength needed to protect Etheria and the citizens of Dragonfall from the darkness that lies ahead. We’ll learn more as Gran, the Defense Council, and the Abyss Lord decipher the Isomicon in the weeks to come!
    We are eternally grateful for your support, Defenders, and will be providing more information on the upcoming power of the Ancients over time.
    For Etheria!
    The Dungeon Defenders II Team

  2. [CG] LAWLTA
    The Isomicon reveals its first secrets! While you’ve been defending against the evil that threatens Etheria, Gran Ma’ster found a way to imbue certain shards with incredible power. These hyper shards contain a very unstable power so she is only providing them to defenders that prove their mastery of the defensive arts. At the Gran Ma’ster’s behest, the Defense Council devised a set of challenges for the heroes to overcome.
    With the aid of the Abyss Lord, Gran Ma’ster continues to delve deeper into the forbidden knowledge contained within the Isomicon. There’s still much more to decrypt, but there is a growing concern from what’s been revealed — dark forces are coming, and we are NOT ready. Go forth, Defenders! Prepare yourselves, and PROTECT ETHERIA!

    Greetings Defenders,

    It's time to take a look at the future of Dungeon Defenders II by talking about our upcoming 1.2 Update, Ancient's Prelude. This is a monster of an update, introducing some amazing features that will push your limits. Not only are you getting some awesome new content, but you’re also getting numerous bug fixes, balance changes, quality-of-life fixes and more! Thanks for giving us feedback as we continue to evolve the game into its final form!

    In Ancient’s Prelude, we are introducing Mastery, a game mode that challenges your ability as a defender and rewards you with great power. In addition to a new game mode, we’re introducing Flair! Flair is another cosmetic system that will take the look of your heroes to the next level. Shards and Flair aren’t the only rewards though.  We’ll be handing out rewards such as golden pets, Ascension levels, gold, and more!

    This is only the beginning of some serious changes in the world of Etheria and we can’t wait until the Isomicon reveals more information about what’s to come. There have been whispers of an endless level of challenge on the horizon.

    New Game Mode: MASTERY
    The new game mode, Mastery, provides access to all Chaos maps, allowing you to choose where and how you progress. Gran Ma’ster requires you to complete up to five challenges per map, each indicated with a star on the Mastery progress bar. She’s not going to be making it easy either. In order to earn the full five stars on each map, you’ll need to complete all of the challenges together. All stars are earned one time, so once you’ve five starred a map, you have mastered the challenges presented and will have earned all the rewards it has to offer. The power contained within the Hyper Shards is unstable, so only Defenders that prove their might may equip them.


    Mastery is intended to be a challenge for all levels of Defenders, both those climbing the ranks and seasoned veterans. Each challenge will bring your item level down to the appropriate level of the Chaos difficulty that you’re in, so there’s no way to just waltz right through these challenges. You’re going to fight tooth and nail to prove you’re worthy of the power that awaits you!

    When conquering the Mastery game mode you’ll receive great rewards as you progress. Here’s what you can expect to earn as you decimate challenges:
    Hyper Shards
    Exclusive Flair
    Golden Pets
    Ascension levels
    Defender Medals
    Gold on gold on gold
    To achieve absolute mastery, you will have to experiment with new builds to overcome the tasks set before you, pushing your limits as a Defender. Over the coming weeks, the Defense Council will work diligently with the Gran Ma’ster and Abyss Lord to continue deciphering additional levels of challenges and rewards for heroes capable of proving their mastery. The amount of time needed to decipher and develop each new Hyper Shard is about a week.
    New Shards:  HYPER SHARDS
    Exclusive to the Mastery game mode are Hyper Shards, unique shards that you’ll only be able to claim if you are able to conquer the challenges Gran Ma’ster has provided for you. Hyper shards will be reminiscent of some of your favorite shards, except cranked way up in power. Each type of these shards will only be earned one time, and don’t worry — you can’t sell them.
    New Cosmetic System:  FLAIR
    A new cosmetic system, Flair, was created that allows your heroes to look even more legendary! Flair can be equipped over any existing costumes or looks on a hero and there’s currently four categories of flair:
    Head (Halos, masks, and auras)
    Back (Wings)
    Waist (floating objects and auras)
    Feet (auras, fire, and other effects)
    There’s more than one way to acquire this new cosmetic so you can look even more heroic on the battlefield. Flair will unlock as you collect more stars through Mastery, future game content, and available through our various store fronts. One of the packs will be available outside of the game for a particularly demonic look, but we’ll discuss later in the blog. With such a wide variety of customizable ways to mix and match flair, you’ll be sure to stick out in the Heroes Marketplace!
    New pets: GOLDEN PETS
    Golden pets are BACK!  Well… some of them. Golden pets are pets that you will receive while playing through the Mastery game mode. It’s another way to show off just how great of a defender you are to those around you. With golden pets and the new flair system, you’ll be the envy of all that see you!
    Halloween in Etheria





    You’ll notice that your Private Tavern and the Heroes Marketplace have been decorated to celebrate Halloween. To add to the celebration, you’ll now be able to acquire Halloween-themed seasonal flair through sales on Steam, Xbox Live, and the PlayStation Network. This flair will be our first iteration of seasonal-themed flair, but it most definitely will not be our last — you have to look amazing year-round, right? With the Halloween set in particular, you’ll not only terrify your enemies on the battlefield, you’ll also be their worst nightmares!

    Bug Fixes
    Besides submitting terrific feedback and suggestions, you all have helped us by finding various bugs that we’ve been able to fix with this patch. Thank you for the help in getting them fixed!

    Even More On The Way...
    Mastery is just the tip of the iceberg for you, Defenders. While Gran provides difficult challenges and tests, they are required to attain the strength needed to protect Etheria and the citizens of Dragonfall from the darkness that lies ahead. We’ll learn more as Gran, the Defense Council, and the Abyss Lord decipher the Isomicon in the weeks to come!

    We are eternally grateful for your support, Defenders, and will be providing more information on Ancient’s Prelude and sharing more knowledge of the upcoming power of the Ancients.

    For Etheria!

    The Dungeon Defenders II Team
  3. [CG] LAWLTA
    DEFENDERS!
    Today is a big day for Dungeon Defenders: Awakened and Chromatic Games! Earlier today we were featured as part of the Nintendo Indie Showcase, which if you haven’t seen, click HERE to check it out. This is HUGE for our game and studio, helping us bring the world of Etheria to many future Defenders.
    This showing also revealed something very big: A RELEASE DATE! Dungeon Defenders: Awakened releases February 2020, and there’s a lot of reasons for this, so let’s get into them by answering some questions we’re sure you have!
    Release
    Why is it not releasing in October 2019?
    Dungeon Defenders: Awakened is meant to be a showing to our loyal fans of what we’re capable of as Chromatic Games. This isn’t a simple remaster/remake, but bringing back the soul of the original Dungeon Defenders into modern day. Building the game from the ground up is no simple feat, and we’re pulling out all the stops to really blow your socks away. Half of the maps in DD:A are new; Assets in the game are new; all of the UIs are new; and a slew of new features to make for an enjoyable experience. Releasing in October would lead to two things: an unpolished and unrefined gaming experience, or tons of crunch that can burn out developers. As a studio, we absolutely REFUSE to release DD:A as half-baked, and as a business we don’t want people working unbearable hours (we love all our employees, they already kick a ton of butt). This meant pushing our release date to accomplish our goals, and give you the game you deserve!
    “A delayed game is eventually good, but a rushed game is forever bad.” - Shigeru Miyamoto
    Why February 2020?
    In short, It’s the best time for us to release the game. In long, there’s a multitude of reasons. We’re able to keep cranking out content without overworking and breaking developer souls; we can release a beta that allows us time to make iterations as they’re needed; we don’t have to compete with AAA releases that would drown our marketing efforts; it’s after the holidays, giving Defenders a chance to get back to post-holiday life-ing and get hyped for DD:A release; and we could keep going. Overall, it’s best for us as a studio and better for those of you wanting a great DD:A experience. For those of you wanting a bad DD:A experience, we apologize, but we are unable to provide that.
    Beta? BETA?? BEEEEEEEEEEEEETTTAAAA??!??!?!?
    We’re currently going over the best time for beta and letting you sink your teeth into this meaty game. DD:A PC Beta will be available Early November 2019. This Beta allows us to monitor all the systems we’ve been working tirelessly on, and getting any fixes out before the release. Any and all feedback is greatly appreciated during these testing periods, together it we get to make an AWESOME game.
    Nintendo Switch Console Timed-Exclusive?
    This means that we’ll be releasing on Nintendo Switch and PC right out of the gate in February 2020 at the same time. What does this mean for our PS4 and Xbox One backers? We’re going to be spending extra time polishing up the builds for your platform. The release for these platforms is not very far off from the initial release, with a concrete release date coming in the near future. Or maybe we’ll NEVER release on those platforms, MUAHAHAHA (just kidding, we love all our consoles Defenders and could never hurt you like that).
    New Content?
    Well I guess… So far we’ve been showing off some of the hotness coming in the forms of complete maps, concept art, and goblin animations. Everything here is still considered a work-in-progress, but everything is until the game’s released! First we want to show off our new Dungeon Defenders: Awakened logo and cover art (it’s freaking amazing).

    Let’s take a look at the new Squire in 3D, with his animations in-game!
    Attack 1


    Attack 2


    Attack 3


    Blood Boil


    Circular Slice


    Healing


    Death


    Also how about our first boss map, Alchemical Labs!

    The core will be in the middle, we just wanted to show off the art!





    There’s that core, get back to the middle of the room!
    How about a look at your favorite homestead, a place to kick up your feet and admire your loot, THE TAVERN!


    That’s Sir Bubbles himself there on the wall.


    Here’s old George, on patrol. Kind of.

    And last but not least, while we’re finishing up the work on his encounter, how about a look at the NEW Demon Lord?

    What’s Next?
    We’re going to keep working incredibly hard to get DD:A into your hands, duh! This is a giant passion project for all of us, and every day is a blast, even when we’re squashing bugs (ty QA, we love you). Regular updates are going to continue, and we’ve even brought on board some awesome help to get this info out to you! Speaking of…
    Social Defenders
    To get reliable updates on what’s to come, be sure to check out our social platforms for the latest juiciest beans to be spilled:
    Twitter
    Facebook
    Discord
    Twitch
    The entire team is having a blast working on DD:A, we cannot wait for all of you to get your hands on it. Stay tuned for more info!

    For Etheria!
    Chromatic Games
  4. [CG] LAWLTA
    





    Greetings Defenders,

    The Barbarian’s Wrath, Update 2.3, is available now on PC and PlayStation 4, with the Xbox One update coming soon! This update heralds the arrival of the Barbarian, a pure damage hero powerhouse; huge changes to item progression and gearing; shard changes to get you out of the inventory and into the battle; and updates to many important systems. Grab your axes, it’s time to slash through some barbaric patch notes!



    NEW HERO:  THE BARBARIAN!
    “Hailing from the mountains of Etheria, the Barbarian is a notorious warrior king that can wield the powers of Wrath and Fury to crush his enemies. Becoming an unstoppable flurry of muscle and steel, the Barbarian can hurl himself into battle becoming a whirlwind of death. His foes tremble at the mighty shouts of this tremendous warrior leaping in to crush his enemies.”
    The Barbarian is the first hero to have two unique resources: Wrath and Fury. Wrath is gained whenever the Barbarian deals damage, and Fury is gained whenever damage is received. In order to put out the most damage you are going to be in the fray constantly. Stance dancing and balancing your Wrath and Fury are your keys to being an unstoppable force!
    The Barbarian is a hero with only damage abilities — four abilities and four stances that modify his play style:

    Furious Slash
    A mid ranged Fury resource spender that pierces enemies but does not trigger weapon shard activation abilities. Staggering Shout
    A mid ranged frontal cone debuff ability whose effects are modified by the Barbarian’s primary active stance. Whirlwind
    A powerful persistent AOE damage ability that gains different abilities based on the primary active stance. Hawk Strike
    A high damage short ranged attack that consumes all the Barbarian’s Wrath resource when used.


    Tornado Stance
    Increases movement speed, attack rate, and jump height, but primary attacks deal less damage. With Tornado Stance active, Staggering Shout and Whirlwind will slow. Turtle Stance
    Reduces attack speed and less mobility, but takes less damage and become immune to crowd control. Staggering Shout gains a stun and Whirlwind withers enemies. Siphon Stance
    Turned damage dealt with primary attacks into self-healing. Siphon Stance causes Staggering Shout to apply a lifesteal debuff to affected enemies, converting Whirlwind damage dealt into self-healing. Lightning Stance
    Gain bonus storm damage to primary attacks and chain storm damage every third attack. Each hit causes self-inflicting damage. Staggering Shout causes enemies to take more damage and Whirlwind gains chain storm damage.
    Along with the Barbarian are a lot of visual additions. There are the four material effect costumes and the terrifying Blood Reaver costume with five additional accessories, twenty-seven different axes, and custom enemy death animations for smaller enemies. Send them gobus flying!
    Limited-Time:  Barbarian Complete Pack and Barbarian Cosmetic Pack
    We have included a new type of package that includes his Blood Reaver Costume, as well as all of the Costumes and Accessories that are available normally through Defender Packs. This pack is located on the Feature section of the in-game shop!
    And if you've already purchased the Barbarian and/or Blood Reaver Costume separately, you can purchase the Barbarian Cosmetic Pack and get his Accessories and Costumes that are normally only available in Defender Packs.

    These packs do not include the new flair added with this update.
    Loot Revamp
    Item Progression
    Items and upgrades produced a lot of issues for players as they progress through Onslaught and Chaos Trials. With this update, we took a good hard look at items and progression. Players wanting to progress the fastest used a system called “muling” to have a steadier stream of gear upgrades drop. Now, mules are a thing of the past! Every piece of equipment that drops is now based off of the highest gear score you’ve seen drop. Not picked up, not equipped, but dropped. All of this is tracked behind the scenes, taking all of the spreadsheet calculating and muling away, so you can get into the action sooner!
    Gear Score


    We mentioned above that gear is tracked off of the highest gear score item you’ve seen drop. Gear score is a new take on a previous system used to display an item’s power — iPwr. This system previously did not reflect the strength of an item correctly, causing items that may not be upgrades to have a higher iPwr than equipped items. This affected item progression and the general flow of how players were intended to progress.

    Hero and Champion Score

    Hero and Champion Score are additional ways to help measure the strength of your heroes’ gear! Hero Score is the average of all the gear equipped to any specific hero, and is shown on your hero cards as shown above. Champion Score is the highest Hero Score among all of your heroes, indicated with a crown above your hero cards (and a smaller one on the hero with the highest Hero Score). These scores are used to let you know when you’re ready for growing challenges you encounter as you progress. To better smooth out progression, different Chaos Trials are unlocked once you reach the appropriate Champion Score.

    Auto-Equip Gear and Shards

    There is a lot to learn in Dungeon Defenders II in order to become the greatest Defender of Etheria! While gear maketh the Defender, it can be a lot to manage when learning the intricacies of every hero and enemy. To help through this process, we’ve created an Auto-Equip feature for both gear and Shards. Both buttons (located below your relics) have you confirm if you want to use this feature, and if confirmed, equips the highest Gear Score for every slot. For relics, it will discern between a blockade and towers, focusing on equipping Totems for blockades and Medallions/Marks for all other towers.
    If you wish to only Auto-Equip the highest gear score per slot, you will be able to select the slot and “Auto-Equip Slot”. On PC this is bound to "U" by default; on PlayStation 4 by pressing “”; and on Xbox One by pressing “”.
    Shards

    Previously, Shards were placed into Shard Slots located on equipment. This system caused Defenders to spend more time in their inventory, moving shards around any time they received an upgrade or wanted to change their build than we liked. When progressing for the first time, or after gaining Ancient Power, this meant a lot of time spent managing your inventory.
    In this update, Shard Slots are now equipped on equipment slots directly to your heroes! This means as you receive upgrades, you equip them and your shards stay put. You can still equip up to three shards per slot. However, all three slots will be active only if you have the appropriate tier equipped. Slot activation follows the same conventions it previously did, with Uncommon activating the first slot, Epic activating the first and second slots, and Mythical and Legendary activating all three.
    In this update, shards that are on equipment already equipped to your heroes are automatically migrated to those heroes. You login and continue playing without having to manage the shards they were previously wearing. However, shards slotted into equipment that is in your inventory will be removed from the gear. If your inventory is full, the shard(s) are placed into Shards of Containment and sent to the Scavenger.

    Incursion Weapons

    Incursion weapons are very unique items in the game as they each contain unique passives that previously took up a Shard slot. With this Shard change, we wanted to make sure that Incursion weapons were still something players wanted to acquire. Now, all Incursion weapons will retain their passives AND have three Shard slots. We took a balance pass at these weapons as well, which we’ve included below.

    What Happens To Stored Shards?
    For users that do not have enough inventory space to hold all of the shards that was previously attached to gear, we've created the Shard of Containment. This Shard is a tool used to segue Defenders into our new Shard system while reducing stress of losing items many of you have farmed. Any shards previously in equipment that cannot fit in your full inventory with the Shard migration are placed into a Shard of Containment and sent to the Scavenger.
    The Shard of Containment holds up to 16 shards before another one is created. These are located on the Scavenger and NEVER expire. Shards will be grouped by their upgrade level, bundling the highest Shards together, and the lowest Shards together. This makes it easier to decide which Shard of Containment to open in order to get all of your most used shards.
    In order to use a Shard of Containment, you must have the amount of inventory slots open equal to the number of Shards located within the Shard of Containment. If you have 8 Shards, in order to open a Shard of Containment you’ll need 8 inventory slots.
    Shards of Containment are a tool we’re using as we bring in our new Shard equipping system. There are more inventory management changes coming down the road!
    New User Experience

    There’s a lot for new Defenders to learn in order to properly defend Etheria, and it is not an easy undertaking! This update introduces a New User Experience to help acclimate new players understand the basics of the game without getting bogged down on reading tons of details and instructions.
    There are a myriad of changes that go along with this:
    New floating instructional text!
    Tutorial level replaced with new animated interactions with Betsy!
    Huntress available immediately
    Ascension UI locked until 50

    Mananode Changes
    Green mana allocation is now completely different! Mananode chests are a thing of the past, here’s what you see now:
    Green mana is now automatically distributed by Mananode itself at the beginning of the Build Phase!
    There is no longer a green mana cap. There is a green mana bar that goes to 2000 green mana. If you go above this amount, the bar starts to fill again!
    Mana and gold collection radiuses are TRIPLED during the build phase. No more pesky out of reach mana!
    These changes are an additional measure to allow Defenders to do the things they enjoy the most:  building and fighting!
    General Changes
    When you create a hero, you can now choose to create them at your highest hero’s level or at level 1.
    On gamepads, hitting Right Button + D-Pad Down will open the Inventory.
    The D-Pad can now be used on gamepads to navigate the left side of the inventory.
    Added East and West descriptors to subcores for Throne Room maps.
    Added new Loading Screen text:
    “Mastery provides some of the toughest challenges in all of Etheria but rewards you with powerful Hyper Shards, golden pets, flair, and more!”
    “The stars you earn across different Chaos difficulties in Mastery pool together.  Tackle maps in any order that you want to unlock rewards!”
    “Defender Packs contain costumes, accessories, exclusive flair, and much more!  Earn them by achieving victory on your current highest Onslaught floor!”
    “Feeling lucky?  Rerolling Defender Packs gives you another chance at earning rare rewards!”
    “Beating Incursions allows you to purchase exotic weapons from the Wayfarer.”
    “Got eggs?  Visit the Stable Boy in the Town HUB or Tavern to hatch new pets!”
    “Pet eggs that expire in your inventory will turn into resources that you can use to evolve your pets.”
    “Get your style on!  You can access the Cosmetics Manager from the Inventory.”
    “Climbing higher in Onslaught and earning Ascension Levels allows you to unlock your Ancient Power!”
    “Need a boost?  You can spend gold and Defender Medals to upgrade equipment and shards!”
    Defender Packs
    We’ve added a slew of new costumes and flair to our Defender Packs:
    Flair (crowns):
    Ebonfire Blaze
    Winner’s Crown
    Flair (Wings):
    Gilded Honorwings
    Earth Drake Wings
    Great Eagle Wings
    Hive Strike Wings
    Gargoyle Wings
    Flair (Sets):
    Bonemancer Set:  Bonemancer Crown and Bonemancer Wings
    Bramblewood Set:  Bramblewood Crown and Bramblewood Wings
    Costumes:
    Gilded Chrome EV2
    Rosen Chrome EV2
    Amethysium Chrome EV2
    Verdanite Chrome EV2
    Carbide Chrome EV2
    Incursion Weapons
    Incursion Weapons maintain their previous effects as passives with the new Shard changes. With maintaining these passives, we took a balance pass to adjust some slightly overpowered passives, while buffing underperforming passives.
    Molten Tome
    Now deals:
    1000% (previously 950%) Ability Power per Meteor.
    850% (previously 650%)  Ability Power per Lava Fissure.
    200% (remains the same) Ability Power burning over 5 seconds.

    Haunted Halberd
    Summons up to 5 (previously 3) Halberds that deal 250% (previously 150%) Ability Power.
    North Pole
    Secondary Projectiles now deal 350% (previously 1000%) Hero Damage.
    Shadowflame
    Now hits up to 4 targets dealing 75% (previously 135%) Hero Damage.
    Glaive of the Storms
    Storm deals 1000% (previously 1500%) Ability Power as Storm Damage.
    Bolts deal 350% (previously 500%) Ability Power as Storm Damage.
    All Incursion Weapons not listed here will have their max upgraded shard values applied to their new passives. For instance, Terra Blade’s passive will pierce up to 3 targets dealing 100% Hero Damage.

    Hero Updates
    Barbarian
    Abilities
    Furious Slash: Mid-range attack that pierces enemies.
    Cost:  5 Fury
    Cooldown:  2 seconds
    Tornado Stance: Hit faster, move faster, jump higher, but deal less damage.
    Cost: 6 Fury per second.
    Cooldown:  None.
    Turtle Stance:  Take less damage, become crowd-control immune, but move slower.
    Cost:  6 Fury per second.
    Cooldown:  None.
    Siphon Stance:  Gain Health Points while attacking.
    Cost:  6 Fury per second.
    Cooldown:  None.
    Lightning Stance:  Attacks gain additional lightning damage, but self-inflict damage.
    Cost:  10 Wrath per second.
    Cooldown:  None.
    Staggering Shout: Debuff enemies in a frontal cone.
    Cost:  15 Wrath.
    Cooldown:  5 seconds.
    Whirlwind:  Deal Area of Effect damage to enemies within melee range.
    Cost:  26 Wrath per second.
    Cooldown:  None
    Hawk Strike:  Deal massive damage in a small area. The more Wrath consumed, the higher the damage.
    Cost:  All Wrath.
    Cooldown:  10 seconds.
    Shards

    Zephyr’s Warpath:  Increase movement speed in Whirlwind by 5%-105%.
    Found in Campaign.
    Equipment Slot:  Boots
    Full Shell Ahead: Increases movement speed while in Turtle Stance by 25-525.
    Found in Chaos I.
    Equipment Slot:  Boots.
    Turtle Power:  Increase Damage Protection while in Turtle Stance by 1%-21%.
    Found in Chaos II.
    Equipment Slot:  Chest.
    Cowabunga!
    Echoing Shout:  Increases the duration of Staggering Shout debuffs by 0.5s-4.5s.
    Found in Chaos III.
    Equpment Slot:  Helmet.
    Draining Strikes:  Increase the healing from Siphon Stance by 5%-25%.
    Found in Chaos IV
    Equipment Slot:  Helmet.
    Maelstrom:  While Lightning Stance is active, the Barbarian's attacks have a 5%-25% chance to drench enemies, stunning them for 1.5s-3.5s.
    Found in Chaos V.
    Equipment Slot:  Weapons.
    Talon Strike:  Hawk Strike now stuns for 2s-4.5.
    Found in Chaos V.
    Equipment Slot:  Weapons.
    Boiling Blood: Causes the Barbarian to take 20%-2% of his Max Health as damage, every 5s during combat phase gaining Fury.
    Found in Chaos VI.
    Equipment Slot:  Chest.
    Shellshock: While Turtle Stance is active the Barbarian's attacks wither enemies hit for 3-13 seconds reducing their damage to 75%-35%.
    Found in Chaos VI.
    Equipment Slot:  Weapons.
    Ride the Lightning:  Increase the damage bonus of Lightning Stance by 1%-21%.
    Found in Chaos VII.
    Equipment Slot:  Gloves.
    Wreckless:  The Barbarian deals up to 0.5%-20.5% bonus damage based upon current Wrath.
    Found in Chaos VII.
    Equipment Slot:  Gloves.
    Bug Fixes
    Adjusted Dark Arts Apprentice green clouds effect.
    Fixed issues causing floors to appear black.
    Fixed an issue causing crashes when opening extremely large numbers of Defender Packs.
    Adjusted the material on the Yesteryear Nymph costume.
    Fixed an issue on Nimbus Reach with the Victory Chest always being Powerful (green).
    Fixed an issue on Dead Road in death areas where character models would fall through the map.
    Fixed an issue with Direct Command not castable on multiple Skeletal Orc towers.
    Fixed an issue where Slime Pits were not dealing damage to enemies affected by the Power Block mutator.
    “To HUB” now says “To Town”.
    Fixed an issue being able to play as a deleted hero.
    Fixed an issue where Haunting Shard was not showing the correct VFX.
    Fixed an issue when using a controller that would lock NPC/Object interactions.
    Fixed an issue when multiple cores are active and one dies, it would show a dead core with 75% health value.
    Fixed a split screen issue where core health bars were not displaying correctly.
    Fixed a frame drop issue when inspecting a billboard and then looking away from it.
    Fixed an issue with Betsy’s Curse zones disappearing when switching heroes.
    Fixed an issue with The Abyss Lord’s primary attack SFX.
    Fixed a split screen issue where health bars for Player 1 were appearing much larger than intended.
    Known Issues
    Inputs were reset for all platforms.
    Sometimes you have to hit “Auto-Equip Relic” a few times before it works.
    When using the All Bags option in the inventory and sorting items by Weapons, it will cause all items in the inventory to disappear. Purely a visual issues and toggling inventory bags will refresh the inventory screen and they will reappear.
    Occasionally the Auto Equip function doesn't prioritize the highest gear score items first.
    Occasionally players will get stuck on a black screen when trying to load into the Outdoor HUB. Restarting the game will fix it (or if you know where the menu options are in the escape menu you can click the Leave game button which will still work if you can find it).
    Occasionally when booting up the game with the controller already active, the navigation focus will be on one of the social media links to the side instead of the main menu options.
    The keybindings that appear throughout the tutorial maps don't show the correct button icons with custom keybindings set.
    The icons of the towers on the mini-maps of the tutorial maps are different colors.
    Some of the weapon firing rates did not carry over correctly.
  5. [CG] LAWLTA
    DEFENDERS,
    As you're aware, we’ve got a lot of work going on currently, and today we want to talk about a more serious subject and what we’re currently doing. We’re just going to jump right into it.
    COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease) Response
    As this virus has spread and became recognized as a pandemic, it is important that we do our part as a studio in helping reduce the spread and effects. Last week and towards the end of the previous week, we began efforts to become an entirely remote studio. The greater part of this week, and continuing on, we’re still working out the kinks and making sure everyone is able to continue working, adapt meetings, and more. Outside of doing our part to stave off the virus, our goal is to make sure that our employees are safe, healthy, and set up to work as comfortably as possible.
    We’re still continuing to hit our intended milestones. The Etherian Cavalry received their first round of testing this weekend, tearing apart Nightmare to help us polish and address any large issues before releasing our March Update “Summoning the Demon Lord”. Having to mobilize our entire studio has definitely eaten up a fair amount of time, but we’re currently on track to still hit our milestones as outlined on our roadmap. If this should change, we will be sure to let you, our GLORIOUS Defenders know about it. We want to get this game out to you in the best state as soon as possible, but when it comes down to it, we will not sacrifice the safety and health of our employees to do so. We’re people just like you, there are things that are out of our control that we have to adapt and overcome to the best of our ability. We appreciate your support and understanding in the coming months.
    Please make sure to do your part in helping out throughout these tough times. If you are unaware of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), or have any questions, please visit the CDC’s Coronavirus Page for more information on symptoms and how to help prevent the spread. Stay safe out there!
    Social Defenders
    To get reliable updates on the future of DDA make sure to follow us on all our social media platforms:
    Discord Twitter Facebook Instagram Twitch Forums Keep an eye out for more info!
    For Etheria!
    Chromatic Games
  6. [CG] LAWLTA
    Greetings Defenders,
    We’re finally ready to announce the next big step in Dungeon Defenders II — The Tower Royale Expansion! This expansion takes everything you know and love about Dungeon Defenders II and combines it with a never-before-seen battle royale game mode that’s sure to blow your freakin’ mind!
    This expansion is a gigantic endeavor that really made us grow as a studio. With this growth, we needed to consult an expert to make sure our direction was right. Our new Battle Royale Consultant, Mitch Z. “xEyeDeeaGaix” Fortgrounds, had this to say about coming aboard and working on this expansion:
    Hey everyone, Mitch here, or xEyeDeeaGaix for short! Joining the team and being able to bring my ideas to reality has been a dream come true. I’ve really enjoyed working closely with the Designers, Producers, Programmers, Marketers, Artists, and Janitors at Trendy Entertainment. I taught them a lot! This one guy, “El Darian” and the design team were insistent that “my ideas were bad and I should feel bad” but I forced them to push forward anyway! They all call me Mitch the Genius now, they look up to me and it really shows.

    A little bit about my background, I’ve put about 3000 hours into both Fortnite and PUBG (6,000 hour total), so I know what it takes to really get a battle royale just right! While working on this project, I’ve been sure to study the best streamers and watch the ultimate ownage and fail compilations on Youtube. There’s a ton of work still left to do, a lot of Dr. Disrespect to research to make sure we get this just right. I hope you enjoy what we’re showing so far, back to you Lawiita!
    Thanks, Mitch… There’s a ton in this expansion, so let’s get into it!
    New Game-wide Mode:  Tower Royale
    Tower Royale is a new game-wide mode, but what does that mean? Whenever you load into any mode or map, you are automatically in Tower Royale. No need to change settings, or select the option, we made that choice for you! Now that we’re all on the same page, let’s dig into the Redbull and Medpacks of this mode!


    Increased Party Size on All Maps
    Mitch informed us that four players in a party is old news.  We kept insisting that this breaks our game in every way, but he kept pressing that we were wrong and this was the right move. So now we have a hundred players in every game, including the town, and friendly fire is also enabled.  Except it’s not very friendly anymore, so it’s probably just PvP? I don’t know. Mitch did this.


    New Town Queue
    Mitch really wanted to provide the full experience for this game mode, so when you try to load into the town, you are placed into a queue that requires 100 people to join. Once the queue is full, you will airdrop into the Heroes Marketplace. Then, you’ll have 60 seconds to interact with NPCs and choose a map to load into before our new “Blue Zone” system becomes active.




    The Blue Zone
    For those of you who are not familiar with the Battle Royale genre, there is a giant bubble that protects players from poison/radiation. This bubble shrinks over time, and if you are outside of it, you take increasing damage.
    If you are unable to make it out of the town in time and die to the Blue Zone, you are logged out and given the option to log back in and try again. To really commit to this change, Mitch had us remove the Private Tavern until after you’ve completed a map!
    Once loaded into any mode or map, you are given 10 minutes to win before the Blue Zone absorbs the whole map. Inside the Blue Zone, enemies will gain health and increased damage, and anything player-related takes damage, including towers!
    Mitch understands that this mode is not for all players, so he made us add an easy opt-out feature that he is going to cover later in this post, so continue reading!

    PVP and Loot Importance:  Two Birds, One Stone
    Mitch believes that players want PVP and loot to feel special and important. He decided that the important part of loot is not the stats, rarity or how it might change your playstyle.  The important part is the feeling that you might lose it all. Now when you play in an online session, a player can come into your map and fight you as you’re defending the core. If you kill the player, or they kill you, either of you are now able to be looted. They can take your items, and you can take theirs. It’s like Dark Souls, but way better.  Also your hero is permanently dead. We mentioned that permadeath is in the game now right? We didn’t? Augh, it’s not important.
    FREE to purchase PAY FOR FUN PACK (1 of 7)

    Mitch really wanted to allow players to choose how they play, with their wallets. In this first installment of what’s almost guaranteed to be a great success, he made us offer a wide array of purchase options for players to gain the greatest experience!


    Premium Connection
    Some players do not have the best connections, and he sympathizes with them. By purchasing the PAY FOR FUN PACK (1 of VIII), he made us guarantee we will not kick you from the game with our new server maintenance bot “Kick-o-tron”. You can feel secure that you’re well taken care of from any connection issue. No tricks.


    Random Access
    A lot of games these days offer “Early Access” into the game, which has gotten stale. Since this expansion is about breaking the mold and being a real game changer, Mitch decided to create Random Access. This means early adopters for the PAY FOR FUN PACk (1 of 9) are able to access the expansion early, but at random designated times each and every day. Sometimes the window is from 12:54PM - 1:08AM IST, the next day you might have a window from 1:20PM - 2:03PM GMT. It really makes every day an exciting and special event to just login!


    Blue Zone Protection Shard
    This is a new spin we’re taking on our shard system. By taking part in the PAY FOR FUN PACK (I of 10), you are now granted access to purchase this shard from our new Blue Zone Protection Shard Vendor, Garg (located in the Private Tavern for easy access). This vendor sells a shard that reduces all Blue Zone damage by 50%, it can be bought multiple times, and equipped onto every relic, and one into only one piece of armor (Mitch guided us to not make it TOO powerful)! This really helps players adjust to this expansion, especially those unfamiliar with the battle royale genre. This shard is sold for 1500 gems, but for the first two weeks of release, take advantage of the Eiffel 65 Shard Bundle Pack, which provides 10 Blue Zone Protection Shards for only 20,000 gems. Those are savings!

    Bluer Zoner Protectioner Shards
    Mitch gets that players may want a more laid back experience, and that the Blue Zone might be too much for them. He has you covered! The Bluer Zoner Protectioner Shard is sold by the Bluer Zoner Protectioner Shard vendor, Gerg, located in your Private Tavern, next to a vendor of the similar name. These shards have a price range of 3000 - 5000 gems, depending on how much you’ve already spent in the game. The benefit to these is that they not only protect your shards from blue damage, but also make your core immune if one is equipped!

    Premium Wyvern Drops
    In the PAY FOR FUN PACK (1 of 7), having the ability to purchase a call in for help not only raises the skill ceiling, but also just packs more action into every session. Once a wave, you can call in a Premium Wyvern Drop, gaining a wyvern that kills every enemy in that wave. This purchase is presented at the start of every wave for a really good price.  Every enemy killed will give you one Wyvern Token.

    Paid Opt-in Optimizations
    Some players value frames and performance during their experience, versus graphical fidelity with only a few FPS. While this may seem like an inferior way to experience things (it is), Mitch wants us to be inclusive. By taking advantage of the PAY FOR FUN PACK (1 of #), you have these additional Opt-in Optimizations to purchase:
    4k Shadows:  1003 Gems
    30 FPS:  2000 Gems and 400 DMs
    First Try Start Up:  4000 gems and One Hero Card
    60 FPS:  One Juicebags Music Video
    Live Action Graphics:  One Dreamanime Visual Novel of your life
    Anime Graphics:  9001 Gems
    You can return these optimizations at any time and receive 50% of the original cost.


    Bag Locks
    Are you just downright terrible at PVP? Fear not, Mitch wants you to enjoy the game your way. New Bag Locks that prevent non-paying players from looting your bags and taking your gear.  These are available for purchase from your local bag vendor.

    Bag Lock Keys
    Are you god-tier at PVP, but hate when you can’t loot from players that try to opt out? By purchasing the Bag Lock Key, you can now unlock those Bag Locks and have at all their loot! This vendor is in town next to the new bags vendor.

    Bag Locks in Locked Chests
    Are you still just downright terrible at PVP? Fear not, we want you to enjoy the game your way. For purchase from the bags vendor in town are new Bag Locks in Locked Chests that prevent Bag Lock Key paying players from looting your bags and taking your gear.  The Locked Chest vendor is in town next to the new Locked Bag vendor.

    Bag Locks in Locked Chests Keys
    Are you still god-tier at PVP, but hate when you can’t loot from players that keep trying to opt out? By purchasing the Bag Locks in Locked Chests Keys, you can now unlock those chests to unlock those bags and have at all their loot! The Locked Chest Bag Lock vendor is in town next to the new Locked Chest vendor.

    Defender Packs
    Mitch knows that Defender Packs could be way better. By taking part of the PAY FOR FUN PACK (1 of some), he wanted to offer the Gold-Encrusted Ancient Artifact Defender Pack (or GEAADP to save time). GEAADP (which stands for Gold-Encrusted Ancient Artifact Defender Pack for short) contains access to the newest content before any other Defender Pack. If you happen to get any duplicates in this pack, you gain 50 floors in Onslaught. 3000 gems. Buy it.

    New Features
    Mitch doesn’t want everything to be in the PAY FOR FUN PACK (1/7). He said something about avoiding pay-to-win, it wasn’t very clear. Now we’ll show you some features that originally were going to be stretch goals, but through Mitch’s tireless dedication to create a balanced game with a great experience and tons of content, we pushed out so much more. He was the wind beneath our wings throughout this expansion. We are contractually obligated to say that.

    Over 50 New Heroes


    Some of them are enemies too. The assets are free, so why not? To provide a good transition, Mitch demanded we not touch their numbers. You can check out their stats here.

    Two Brand New Maps


    Also from Paragon. Mitch demanded that we leave the scale of our heroes the same in these new maps.  Our heroes are so tiny now. Why are the new heroes so enormous? This isn’t how game development is supposed to be!  (Our tech artists are in our livestream room in the fetal position.)

    New Enemy: Kobold Vaulter
    The Berserker Orc gained notoriety for being able to leap over blockades, and Mitch insisted that it was our best Chaos enemy design. He really wanted to expand on this idea, being a former Olympian (or so we’re told), and he knew pole vaulting would fit in great.
    Introducing the Kobold Vaulter. This armored kobold sprints towards your defenses with his Gobu Pole, clearing them in a single bound. Afterwards, this enemy sprints towards your core and cannot be slowed or crowd controlled in any way. Mitch wanted to give a pro-tip: build a second blockade way further behind your first blockade. This adds an additional layer of strategy he knows (not thinks) you enjoy already.

    New Weapon: Guided Missile Launcher


    Ready to rocket surf your way to victory? We’ve added the Redeemer from Unreal Tournament.  Yes. It’s literally just the Redeemer. We added collision to the top of the rocket because Mitch says “that’s what real games do.”

    New Movement System: Vaulting
    You can now vault over the many fences in Etheria while sprinting, without having to jump. This is very important for Floor 503+ in Onslaught. We’ve even added a new Ancient Power: Vaulting Speed Increase.

    New Social Feature: The Always On Microphone
    Communication is the key to playing any game. Mitch says that even a millisecond of delay when it comes to communicating is unacceptable. As a result, microphone activation is too slow so now microphones will always be on. To be a considerate teammate, schedule when your parent, guardian, or carer vacuums. Also everyone is auto-tuned.

    Trading The Things That Count
    There’s been quite a hubbub about adding trading to the game. This requires a ton of balance, but with Mitch’s “wisdom”, that balance has been attained. Following his patented “mental design doc”, we introduced his version of trading. In order to trade, go to the Petrinarian and buy all the Broccoli you want, it’s placed in your bag as a consumable now. Then hover over another player and press PageDown on PC, or by pushing down both joysticks+LB+RB+LT+RT to initiate the trade. You can then select how much Broccoli you want to trade. With this system, you can now barter how much your services are, or reward your friends for just being awesome. We heard your feedback, and Mitch delivered. You’re welcome! :)

    New Justin.tv Integration




    Streaming is how gamers really take a first look at games. Mitch showed us Justin.tv, and how important it was to really get players interested. There’s also a down-side: stream-sniping. When you link your Dungeon Defenders II account with your Justin.tv account, we can see if you are watching streams of someone you’re trying to gank. For every “honest” kill, you will get something extra. We call it our Stream-Snipe Preventing Buster and Rewarder. Do not log out of Justin.tv to avoid it, we’re using the honor system on this one. Mitch has promised you’ll do the right thing, he just knows it!
    New Platforms
    We love having the game on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Mitch says it isn’t enough, and we guess we agree. Here’s a sneak peek into where DD2: Tower Royale is going:
    Nintendo Switch - April 20th, 2019
    VR on Steam - November 3rd, 2018
    VR on Virtual Boy - August 16th, 1995

    Nintendo Labo



    Mitch tells us the future of gaming is cardboard, and we reluctantly trust him. With the release of our Switch version, we are including an optional Nintendo Labo Squire Cannonball Tower to celebrate this transition. Welcome to the Age of Cardboard, in the future!
    Miscellaneous Changes
    Turkey was too powerful.
    Terraria corruption was added to all maps, then swiftly removed.
    Dryad was nerfed and buffed.
    Tamagotchi functionality has been added.
    Gary Busey voice-over added to our New User Experience.
    Hardcore Permanent Death option added for each hero.
    Mastery reworked into Novicery, with better rewards.
    Mobile-only mode Offslaught added for playing on-the-go.
    Smell-casting added to the Town hub.
    Voice commands.
    Arby’s-themed tower skins. Big Beef and Cheddar Cannonball Towers anyone?
    Four Nightmare difficulties added per Chaos Trials tier.
    Mirror Mode Map-wide Mutator every tenth Onslaught floor.


    RELEASE DATE
    We want to make sure we get this just right, and allow Mitch to move on to making other games greater as well. The current release date is set to June 20th, to celebrate one year of our release. To ensure quality, he required us to not compress anything, meaning it will be an additional 106 GB patch, on top of our mandatory 4K texture pack feature that is 231 GB.

    No More To Come
    After this expansion, we believe the perfect game will exist. All games will seem meaningless, and we’re glad to have created an experience to cause such a reaction. This was all made possible thanks to Mitch. Let us know what your favorite feature is. We do not need feedback, because again, this is the perfect expansion.

    For Mitch!
    The Dungeon Defenders II Team and Mitch Z. “xEyeDeeaGaix” Fortgrounds the Genius
  7. [CG] LAWLTA
    DEFENDERS!

    The Defender-Centric Update is now live on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One! This update contains a whole lot of love to a lot of foundational systems within Dungeon Defenders II. These changes are based off of feedback many of you have provided, and as Chromatic, we wanted to really give our GLORIOUS Defenders something that demonstrated how much we value our community. Without further ado, let's get into it!
    SHARD SHOP
    Shards are such an integral part to Dungeon Defenders II when it comes to empowering your heroes with great strength to take out the waves of enemies constantly thrown at you. Currently there is a lot of RNG regarding which shards you get, and to help cut down the randomness, farming lower tiered content is the easiest way to go.


    We don’t want that. We want you playing content you find engaging, while being able to acquire the Shards you want. With this update, you can! We're adding in the Shard Shop, a service that the Gran Ma'ster now offers. Visiting her allows you to purchase Shards directly from her, from Campaign to Chaos VII. There is also search functionality so you can search for the Shard you want and cut down the hunt!
    CHAOS VIII SHARDS
    Chaos VIII Shards are a new tier of shard, that some of you may have snagged before. We went through and found a way to make these shards feel like a good reward for climbing higher Onslaught, and have them compete with similar Shards. You can get them after a certain point in Onslaught, similar to when you start receiving Chaos VIII Ampoules.
    MATERIAL CONVERSION
    We want players enjoying Ancient Power as much as they can, and our big goal was making sure that Defenders could play content they found engaging, while working towards a specific goal. Enter Material Conversion. Material Conversion allows you to take a Pristine quality material and convert it to the same type of material of a lower quality. This makes it so that if you are climbing Onslaught, or playing higher Chaos, you're always gaining usable materials to acquire Ancient Power.


    That's not all though! As you play Chaos VII and above, you can take your Chaos VII Ampoules and convert them into CHAOS VIII AMPOULES! We want players upgrading and getting Chaos VIII gear, so this is a step towards making that process feel good and not entirely beholden to RNG. We’ll be using this as a basis for any additional changes/additions made to Ancient Power.
    NEW WEAPONS


    One thing that we love is the ability to customize the heroes in Dungeon Defenders II. Weapons are part of the epic-ness (or silliness) that can really show off your own personal taste. This update provides over 30 NEW Weapons that are currently unobtainable. These weapons are gained by climbing through different tiers of Onslaught. The higher you go, the more epic the weapons become! These weapons scale upon opening the gifts to your progression (to a cap, like Chaos VII items). There's a ton to hunt down, and if you happen to get the same weapon repeatedly, no worries — you can trade it to your friends!
    NEW ELEMENTAL DAMAGE — POISON!
    Poison Mods in the form of Chips are coming with this update. This Mod can be find in Lost Temple for now. Poison can be applied to weapons to give them an additional damage over time effect. BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE! If earth damage is dealt to a poisoned enemy, they now become PETRIFIED, freezing them in place, turning them to stone, and causing their fellow enemies to attack them!
    NEW USER EXPERIENCE
    We understand that a lot of Defenders that come to Dungeon Defenders II want to start the game off with their friends. This update includes the ability to complete the New User Experience (the first three tutorial levels) with friends. The flow has also been adjusted so that new Defenders get to town faster and instead of having to complete the tutorial maps first.
    BALANCE CHANGES


    Heroes
    Adept
    Towers Hailstorm Tower Increased damage scaling to 4.7 from 4.5 (5% BUFF) Abilities Arc Lightning Increased scaling to 42 from 40 (5% BUFF) Gunwitch
    Abilities Two at Twice the Price Increased scaling to 5.5 from 5 (10% BUFF) Broomvault Increased scaling to 37 from 35 (6% BUFF) Broom Swarm Increased scaling to 12 from 10 (15% BUFF) Huntress
    Towers Poison Dart Tower Now deals Poison damage by default. This provides the same rules as other elemental damage towers, where Mods cannot apply a second form of elemental damage, but Shards can. Initiate
    Abilities Draining Strike Increased scaling to 27 from 25 (8% BUFF) Lavamancer
    Towers Maw of the Earth Drake Defense Unit cost reduced to 40 from 50 (20% BUFF) Defense Health Scaling reduced from 225 to 175 Fissure of Embermount Increased scaling to 2.2 from 2.0 (10% BUFF) Oil Geyser Health scaling increased to 0.2 from 0.1 (50% BUFF) Volcano Increased damage scaling to 9.51 from 9.31 (3% BUFF) Increased range scaling to 1.5555 from 1.3334 (15% BUFF) Abilities Eruption Increased Tower Defense Power scaling to 1.3 from 1.2 (8% BUFF) Mystic
    Towers Sand Viper Increased damage scaling to 6.975 from 6.875 (2% BUFF) Snaking Sands Increased range scaling to 0.1534 from 0.1334 (15% BUFF) Shards
    Abyss Lord
    Power of the Knight (Gloves) Increased damage boost scaling to 5 from 3 per level (66% BUFF) Dryad
    World Tree McBufferson (Relic) Increased shield bonus to 15 from 10 per level (50% BUFF) Gunwitch
    Broomnado Power (Boots) Increased damage scaling to 3.5 from 3.0 (17% BUFF) Scatter Power (Chest) Increased damage scaling from 3.5 to 3.0 (17% BUFF) Snipe Critical Strike (Weapon) Increased Critical Chance to 3 from 2 per level (50% BUFF)
    Lavamancer
    Crumbling Stone (Relic) Increased damage multiplier to 1.5 from 1.0 per level (50% BUFF) Shattering Stones (Boots) Increased detonation damage to 45 from 40 per level (13% BUFF) Volcanic Might (Relic) Increased stun chance to 2% from 1.5% per level (33% BUFF) Volcano Mega Rock (Relic) Increase Defense Power scaling to 200 from 150 per level (33% BUFF) Mystic
    Lashing Power (Chest) Increased damage to 3.5 from 3.0 per level (17% BUFF) Split Vipers (Relic) No longer removes ramp up damage (BUFF) Debilitating Madness (Gloves) Increased damage amplification to 3.5 from 3.0 (17% BUFF)     
    BUG FIXES
    Fixed an issue with Pristine Motes not dropping correctly from Victory Chests (now drops a stack of five). Fixed an issue with Shattequake triggering Mod effects based off the heroes equipped weapon. Fixed an issue with poison sometimes not applying towards the Controller Burn mutator. Fixed an exploit that allowed users to generate infinite mana with the Dryad. Adjusted error messaging when players were pushed to the main menu from the tutorial maps. Fixed an exploit that allowed users to generate unlimited defense mana. Fixed an issue that allowed defense effects to stay after being sold. Adjusted the messaging from the second tutorial map. Adjusted messaging that indicated a map had not been unlocked yet. Fixed an issue that allowed players to get infinite help. KNOWN ISSUES
    Shattering Stones, Explosive Poison, Snake Bomb, and Explosive Finale shards are not working correctly. Crafting Materials are currently not tradeable. Poison damage is not procc'ing correctly on Target Dummies. The Wayfarer is still in his winter clothes, we’ll get him a new pair of clothes in our next patch/hotfix. Poison Dart Tower does not have an attunement icon. SOCIAL DEFENDERS
    To get reliable updates on what’s to come, be sure to check out our social platforms for the latest juiciest beans to be spilled:
    Twitter Facebook Discord Twitch The entire team has had a blast making this content, we cannot wait for all of you to get your hands on our next update. Stay tuned for more info soon!
    For Etheria!
    The Dungeon Defenders II Team
  8. [CG] LAWLTA
    Greetings Defenders,

    Ahoy there, DefendARRRRs! In this Dev Log, we be talking about some changes to Onslaught and Party Controls that ye’ve been requestin, and we’re here to deliver. These changes are meant to improve the game mode, allowing many of you to set sail on adventure without having to sink a ton of time into each play session if ye’re not able to. Also greater control over who’s in ye’r ranks and leadin’ ye’r crew, alongside making it easier to interact between one another. Let’s dive in!

    Alec “Lawlta” Saare — Community Overlord
    First off, Dev Log 100, wuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuut! There’s a lot still to talk about, but being our 100th Dev Log, I thought it would be best that we talk about and confirm changes to a system many of you have requested. Onslaught is getting a round of polish with extra elbow grease to become more accessible for players and also bring some additional difficulty. The party improvements are also something that many of you gave a ton of great feedback on, so these changes should make being in a party not only feel a lot better, but also be easier to get into.
    There’s a ton more coming that we cannot wait to share with you! We’ve been hard at work creating new maps for you to defend, new enemies to take on, new weapons to strengthen your arsenal, and so much more. To quote a Jose you may or may not know, it’s “coming sooner than you think”. Unless you think it’s tomorrow and a little bit of time after tomorrow, then that quote doesn’t apply here.
    X Marks The Heart,
    Lawlta

    Mark “Telflon” Telfer — Technical Designer
    Ahoy Defenders!
    I’m here to talk improvements to the party system and a few things that are to come.  
    Seamless Invite System - Party invites in the live game are jarring. When you receive one, it stops you dead, it removes all movement control from your character, and the popup covers the majority of your screen. The only way to make the popup go away is to accept or decline the invitation to the party. With the new party system, these gameplay intrusions will be eliminated.  Receiving an invite to a party will no longer stop you dead. Instead, you will receive an unobtrusive notification at the bottom of your screen informing you who invited you to the party with the option to accept or decline the offer. You will fully retain control of movement while this invite is pending, and your view of Etheria will not be occluded.
    Vicinity Targeting - The way you initiate any social interaction in DD2 is by opening the player list, selecting the name of the person you wish to interact with, and then selecting how you’d like to interact with them. This is a good system if you already know the name of the person you wish to interact with, but it is not the best facilitator of organic interactions with people you serendipitously meet. For instance, let’s say you see someone run by with a sweet sweet costume, and decide that you want to make that person a part of your stylish crew.  You’re standing right next to this player, but you can’t invite them to a party directly; you’ll to figure out their name, open the player list menu, find them, and then send them an invite. To make it easier and more organic to interact with others, we will be introducing vicinity targeting. What does it mean? It means that you can walk right up to someone and interact with them directly. You won’t have to open full-screen menus to invite people a party, kick people from a party, promote them to party leader (more on that), or view their shops.  You will remain fully engrossed in the world of Etheria while you perform these interactions via vicinity targeting; you will retain full degree of movement control.
    Player List User Experience - If you prefer the classic way of interacting with others then you’re still in luck!  The player list has been refined to give a far smoother experience when interacting with others.
    A Party Structure That Makes Sense -  As I’m sure you all have noticed, some funkiness can happen with parties in the live game which really upsets expectations.  One of my biggest annoyances with the current system is having the party leader change randomly when you load into a new map.  Frustrating! It's time to bring some order to the party chaos that can happen in the live game, and we plan to do this by implementing the following:
    The person who sends the first invitation to party up becomes the party leader.
    The party leader REMAINS the leader until they either leave the party or they choose to promote someone.
    The party leader will be able to promote other members to their position if they no longer wish to lead.
    All party members can invite someone to join a party, but only the party leader can kick from a party.
    Only the party leader can choose where players matchmake to.
    There are more changes coming too.  Stay tuned!
    Thinking of you,
    Mark
    Jose Villegas — Technical Designer
    Hey everyone,
    We have heard your voice loud and clear, and we are making several improvements to Onslaught. Sit tight and get ready.
    Floors will have only 1 map each. This was by far the largest concern that you had with the game mode. It took too long to complete a map, and a single failure led to having to play the entire floor again. Worry no longer, in the update a single victory is required to move forward.
    Moar maps. Currently, the selection of maps in late game Onslaught is quite large, but not complete. With the newest changes we are introducing, all the maps will be available at all points in the Onslaught progression, late and early ;).
    Faster progression. The difficulty increases were happening only little by little in each floor, which made the process of playing through Onslaught much slower than in Expeditions. Not anymore; now the jumps in difficulty (and rewards) happen much faster, and the number of floors that will take you to Chaos 7 strength have been reduced. This increased in difficulty per floor has also been carried to beyond the Chaos 7 floors, so reaching floor 999 will be an greater challenge than before.
    More and better Prestigious weapons. Lawlta told me I can’t talk about AP yet, but I will try to spill this small bean here, as it’s related to the Onslaught climb. In addition to receiving a Prestigious Weapon when you trigger Ancient Power, now you will receive one every 10 floors when playing Onslaught (every 20 after floor 100). In addition, all new Prestigious Weapons will come at least at quality 5/10, and will have an increased chance of spawning at higher quality as well. These awards will also reset when you go through Ancient Power, giving you a chance of more weapons.
    New post C7 difficulty schedules. Starting around the end of the chaos 7 floors, we will now start introducing new schedules of enemies at increased difficulty. To note, these schedules will not contain new enemies, but the same ones you are familiar at an increased difficulty and numbers.
    Omega Waves. Last stream I promised Omega Waves in Onslaught, and people did not believe my words. Now, I can actually confirm Omega Waves may or may not, in fact, be coming to Onslaught.
    You are probably wondering: what’s going to happen with my progression? Well the answer is very simple. When making the transition between the old to the new, we will check what floor you were playing previously, and set you at a floor with the closest difficulty to it under the new system.
    For example, if Gobu was playing at Floor 80, now they will be placed around floor 35, since both are comparable in difficulty. This will also be true to the rewards tied to specific floor numbers, like 114, so while the climb to get there will be shortened, the difficulty of those maps will remain consistent.
    One final feature that I’m happy to introduce is a new Replay system. Currently, when failing a map you have to start all over again, regardless of game mode or difficulty. Now, if you fail a map the game will allow you to go back to the wave where you failed, and retry from there with the defenses you had already placed in the map.
    Having to build the whole map again after failing was something we always wanted to address, and now you can just simply adjust whatever defense cause you to lose and keep moving forward =).
    That’s not all! The Replay feature will also be supported by a new Performance Optimization System. When loading the map again after trigger the replay, we will place several indicators on the towers that caused you to lose. All towers destroyed will have a handy Danger Indicator (!) to show that they fell. For towers that didn’t do much in combat, a Warning Indicator (?)will get your attention to reevaluate their placement, or equip better relics on them.
    That’s it for now. Next time I will tell you more details about the changes to AP, which there are many. But let me tell you about these new Pirate MODS, they are great, they are awesome, and they are also great. The first one, currently named Set Sail, which turns you into a █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ , and then you can █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ , which allows you to █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ . The second one █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ .
    Oof… I'm excited for these new Mods. Be sure to tune in for next Friday’s stream, where I may or may not answer your questions in the most ambiguous fashion possible.
    Love you,

    Jose
    Ice "Ice" Ice, Ice Lead
    Hi.
    Cordially Yours,
    Ice
    Dani Moore, Remote QA Lead
    We're also looking to expand our tester pool once again. Our testers get the chance to try out our still-in development work, in exchange for some cool stuff as a thanks. They help us with balance, feedback and bugs and their contributions to our releases are very valuable.
    We have two teams, RQA - our daily bug hunters (for folks with lots of free time each day), and RPG - our larger team for balance and feedback (for folks with limited free time).
    If you are interested, drop me an email at dani.moore trendyent (dot) com and ask. I'm happy to provide more information on both teams to see what best suits. A big thanks to everyone involved in the Update and the heaps of work and sweat that went into it all.
    What’s Next?
    Nothing, that’s it, no more news. No need to keep reading. Except wait, there’s a ton more coming that we’ll be talking about in our next Dev Log! This update is crazy big, bringing in some salty content for you landlubbers. Here’s what you can expect to see:
    AP improvements
    New Maps
    New Enemies
    New Weapons
    New Mods
    New Incursion
    New Flair
    More New Stuff!
    We’re always listening to your feedback, and a lot of you do a great job of making sure it’s constructive and provide plenty of great ideas. Keep it up, we love reading it and it helps us mold Dungeon Defenders II into a better game.
    To get reliable updates on what’s to come, be sure to check out our social platforms for the latest juiciest beans to be spilled:
    Twitter
    Facebook
    Discord
    Twitch
    The entire team has had a blast making this content, we cannot wait for all of you to get your hands on our next update. Stay tuned for more info soon! 
    For Etheria!
    The Dungeon Defenders II Team
  9. [CG] LAWLTA
    Greetings Defenders,
    This be the second Dev Log for the next update in Dungeon Defenders II! As we promised ye scallywags last Dev Log we’ll be talking about even more treasure and booty coming. Ancient Power changes, War Table improvements, and a lot more await ye in Dev Log 101!
    Alec “Lawlta” Saare — Community Captain
    This Dev Log is still just the tip of the iceberg for what’s coming. You all have been anticipating Ancient Power changes, and we’ve got them! A lot of feedback that we’ve received on this system (just like with Onslaught) was used to help mold it into what’s coming your way. On top of this, the War Table changes (session browser anyone?), and maps are a lot to cover. This update is ARRRRRRRRRbsolutely insane, to quote a certain Jose, “hype levels are through the roof, unsustainable!”
    I’ll let others dive into what’s coming. I will say that we are going to have our FIRST Dev Stream for this update next week, September 14th, at 3 PM EDT. We’ll be showing off some stuff from Dev Log 99, 100, and 101! Who knows, we might even be giving away one of our new flairs during our Dev Streams. ;)
    Jose “Scaredycat Scarecrow” Villegas — Technical Designer
    Hey-o everyone!
    What’s promised is owed, so here are some of the new changes to Ancient Power available to you in our next update. We have heard your feedback, and hopefully these changes will make you more excited to engage with this system.
    Ancient Powers
    Here's a list of the changes regarding Ancient Powers specifically:
    We have doubled the strength of each Ancient Power. To note, since you can add each AP level together when in a party to make the buffs stronger, now we will only add up to 10 levels per Power. This means you get twice the strength when playing solo, and up to the same amount when playing with others, but this limit is reached much easier now.
    We have introduced four new Powers: Defense Crit Damage, Defense Crit Chance, Hero Crit Chance, and Hero Crit Damage.
    The amount of power you gain per level has been redistributed so the first levels of each power will award you with a greater gain than the last ones.
    Prestigious Weapons Like mentioned in the previous Log, you can now get one Prestigious Weapon every 10 floors, (20 after floor 100), at a guaranteed quality 5/10. The opportunity to earn this is reset when going through Ancient Power, so you will get the chance to earn them again.

    Ancient Power Progression
    Faster base ascension, and talent cap raises. Since now the progression of Onslaught will be tougher, and faster, we have increased your base gains to match this increase.

    Pets Pets no longer get reset when going through AP ;).
    Starting Floor The final one is the biggest one yet: Every time you go through Ancient Power, you will unlock a higher floor in Onslaught that you can immediately start at. Your ‘Base Floor’ will raise by various amounts, but eventually you will be able to start right away beyond the C7 Floors when triggering AP.
    Of course, this wouldn’t be possible without raising the floor you need to reach to trigger AP again, so whenever we raise your ‘Base Floor’, your ‘Target Floor’ will also be raised. There is a limit to how much both can be raised, but you will need to watch today’s hot Trendy Fun Stream w/ Lawlta and Jose and ask me live.
    That’s it for me at the moment. Hopefully next time I will be allowed to talk to you about the new hot Pirate Mods that we have been working on.
    Love you,
    Jose

    Eric “Petire” Petrie — QA Designer
    What's up Everyone?
    We’ve received a ton of feedback regarding our War Table and the flow of how players get into games. Changes for the war table were two fold. First we focused on the flow of how players get into games with other players, where things were easily understood and executed, and also where they were not. Our second focus was on allowing people to know all of the options available in the game. As you progress in Dungeon Defenders II, a lot of doors open up, and we want to make sure Defenders can know where they can do, and what they can do.
    War Table UI

    Enter our new overworld view on the War Table, introducing a new interface for selecting what and where you play. The way we worked through this was by setting goals we wanted to accomplish in regards to getting into a game, and then finding ways to attain those goals:
    Change how the world is presented to players
    Adding a World Map that looks amazing and has distinct landmarks, helping immerse players into what they were defending.

    Change how players are able to get into games
    Adding Play Now getting players right into the game with other people who are doing the same thing. This requires less time going through menus, and gets you into the action of an appropriate level.
    Allowing players to filter for any combination (even content that is locked) and see those open games as well!
    Increase the amount of information given to players BEFORE they get into games.
    Giving more space to give information about difficulty, game modes, chaos enemies, and maps.
    Having information about rewards and what can be gained by completing the map.
    Session Browser

    And last, but certainly not least, a Session Browser that allows players to see everything  playable in one location. This allows players to see EVERYTHING, even locked content that they haven’t unlocked through progression! By doing all of these changes, along with improving how the party and player interaction systems handle, it is going to be a lot more intuitive to get into games and have fun playing with friends and the community at a large!


    Brian “Good Enough” Goodsell — Technical Artist
    Hey All,
    We heard you were kind of excited about there being new maps in the game. We weren't sure, so we decided to not make any. PSYCHE! This time around we brought two maps for all of you to conquer. Hopefully you brought some dimenhydrinate, you won't want to get seasick.

    Our first map we're showing has you fighting on the high seas. This map is unlike anything you’ve seen in Dungeon Defenders II to date! You’re on a stolen ship with enemies coming at you from every direction. To really put the pressure of the high seas on Defenders we needed to add threats from above AND below!
    The verticality involved in this map will have you flying all over the place with the help of the catapults added (at least 6)! There’s some cool tricks for players to discover, we can’t wait to see what you come up with.



    Our next map we're showing is the fruits of your sailing adventure. They say it’s all about the journey, not the destination. Well that can go kick rocks, because the destination is just as awesome as the journey! This map is all over the place, has some awesome new enemies, and some hidden secrets (one that we’re really excited to see being found).
    There’s a lot to be done here, both on land and on ships. Even failing this map is pretty insane. You’ll be seeing this map in multiple game modes, it might even be the incursion *wink* *wink*.

    Dani Moore, Remote QA Lead
    We're also looking to expand our tester pool once again. Our testers get the chance to try out our still-in development work, in exchange for some cool stuff as a thanks. They help us with balance, feedback and bugs and their contributions to our releases are very valuable.
    We have two teams, RQA - our daily bug hunters (for folks with lots of free time each day), and RPG - our larger team for balance and feedback (for folks with limited free time).
    Testing comes with two different Tester-exclusive rewards:
    Betsy White

    Parrot Wings flair

    If you are interested, drop me an email at dani.moore trendyent (dot) com and ask. I'm happy to provide more information on both teams to see what best suits. A big thanks to everyone involved in the Update and the heaps of work and sweat that went into it all. 
    What’s Next?
    In these two Dev Logs, we’ve covered a lot of changes that are coming, and there’s still a lot more to show off. Because of this, we’ll be doing multiple Dev Streams to showcase things you’ve seen in both of these Dev Logs, and maybe some extra bonuses.
    Our first Dev Stream will be September 14th, at 3 PM EDT. Be sure to come join us, check out all the pirate-y goodness, system changes, and hard work poured into this update. Oh, also, you know, maybe win some prizes coming with this update!
    To get reliable updates on what’s to come, be sure to check out our social platforms for the latest juiciest beans to be spilled:
    Twitter
    Facebook
    Discord
    Twitch
    The entire team has had a blast making this content, we cannot wait for all of you to get your hands on our next update. Stay tuned for more info soon!
    For Etheria!
    The Dungeon Defenders II Team
  10. [CG] LAWLTA
    Greetings Defenders,
    There’s a ton of new features and content on the horizon, so it’s time to give a little inside peek as to what’s coming in the next update for Dungeon Defenders II! Mod improvements, elemental combos, blockade buffs, and even more (somethings we aren't even talking about just quite yet) await in this update. Let’s get into it!

    Alec “Lawlta” Saare — Community Expedition Leader
    What’s up everyone, you know what it do!
    We’ve been working incredibly hard on getting this update out to you before the new year and really put in some serious time. While there is new content coming (the new map looks amazing, there’s some image down below), we did a really big push to make a lot of systems feel a ton better. A little while ago we improved Mod drops and promised that there was a Phase II for this system, and Mark will cover the changes coming down below. Players want Elemental Combos to be awesome, so we went through and did our Phase I pass on them, with more coming in future updates. There’s been a lot of feedback on Blockades being viable, and boy did we bring the heat with them.
    There’s additional features that are coming, you’ll see most of them laid out in the patch notes that come with the update. We’re excited for you to get your hand on this update, we’re just polishing things up a little bit before we release it. There’s a Dev Stream tomorrow (December 7th) 3PM EST where we are going to show some of them off. Don’t miss it!
    Smooches,
    Lawlta

    Mark “Telflon” Telfer — Technical Designelf
    Hey Defenders!
    It’s been a while since we’ve last spoken! I’ve been doing a ton of MOD-related work over the interim, but alas, I was threatened by Lawlta to keep it all under wraps. Luckily, tis finally the season of giving, and I’ve been given the okay to give you some major bean spillage on what I (and the other Trendy elves) have been up to in our workshop.
    Recently, the Trendy elves had started seeing a huge amount of holiday wishes come our direction and all said the same thing. They said, “Santa Lawlta, all I want for Christmas is a perfect MOD.” Many of you felt that it took way too long to find those perfect Qualibean™ MODs and that waiting forever was just no fun! I knew I had to do something about it fast, lest I find myself on the naughty list in perpetuity. I grabbed a bottle of spiked eggnog, locked myself into a room, and set out to right this issue once and for all. Thanks to the copious amounts of eggnog I drank, my memory gets a bit fuzzy after that, but a few days later I woke up and Lawlta told me that the rates for higher quality MODs had significantly increased with our last hotfix.  Apparently, I had more than doubled the rate of perfect MODs and had substantially increased the drop rates for MODs of quality 6 and above! Presents for everyone! On average, you should see a perfect MOD about every four hours of active gameplay. Gone are the days where the ground is cluttered with nothing but MODs as red as Rudolph's nose. You should now be seeing far more green MODs in the mix (a Christmas Miracle)!
    Now I know what you’re thinking, “Mark! The increase to drop rates sounds fine and dandy, but you see, I have a problem. That problem is bad luck. It’s a condition that I’ve had since birth and RNG has picked on me for it my entire life. Even though you’ve increased the drop rates, Mark, I still don’t think I’ll ever see anything good. I’m just too darn unlucky!” Well, dear player, I have a revelation to make. I too am afflicted with this most heinous condition, and I feel your pain. Playing 50 hours and still not seeing a perfect MOD feels worse than getting a lump of coal in your stocking! I knew that if I truly wanted this update to bring good tidings to all (especially myself), I would have to be sensitive to those in the community who share this affliction. Well, fear not! This new update brings with it a solution for even the unluckiest players. We have built a system that GUARANTEES that you will get a perfect MOD if you go an extended period of time without seeing one. If you haven’t seen a perfect MOD in about ten hours of active gameplay, then we will guarantee that a perfect will drop for you! That’s right! At worst, you’ll see one perfect MOD in less than 10 hours (as long as you are actively playing). And do you wanna know a secret? If you play in multiplayer and get the legendary loot bonus, the amount of time it takes to guarantee this perfect MOD gets drastically reduced. Don’t tell Lawlta I told you, or back onto the naughty list I go.
    So now we’ve increased the perfect MOD drop rate, and guaranteed that even the unluckiest defenders will see them. But this still doesn’t fulfill the other biggie on people’s holiday wish list. Sure, seeing A perfect MOD is great, but ultimately what you are looking for is THE perfect MOD. There’s always something specific you have in mind that you KNOW will make your build perfect, and that’s the thing you really want a chance at getting (I’m looking at you, perfect tenacity). It is with great excitement that I announce the introduction of a brand new material, MOD rerolling! MOD rerolling lets you improve your chances of getting the specific quality MODs you want in more of a targeted way. Playing maps in our new region will guarantee you a drop of these awesome little guys, and the potential that they possess is amazing. You’ll be able to invest in your favorite MODs and guarantee yourself a risk-free chance at making it better each time you complete a map. This is a game-changer, guys. This reroll material makes the time it takes to get THE perfect MOD you are looking for in a fraction of the time that it takes right now. This is big.
    So to recap:
    Perfect MODs drop rates were more than doubled in our last hotfix.  Six to Nine MOD drop rates were increased too.
    This update brings with it a new system that guarantees unlucky players a perfect MOD drop in less than 10 hours of active gameplay.
    MOD Rerolling is being introduced and this gives you a targeted way to invest in your favorite MODs.  It lets you get a favorite MOD to perfect in a FRACTION of the time it would take to see it dropped.
    Now all of that is super exciting, but I still have more in my bag of gifts, Defenders.  We’ve heard you when you’ve said that you want to spend less time in menus and more time whacking gobus in their very punchable faces. It is with great excitement that I can announce MOD quality filtering in the inventory. In our new update, the “Filter By” tab (the last tab in your Inventory) now includes an option to filter by MOD quality. Selecting this option groups equipment by the highest quality MOD on it, highest to lowest, and then displays that number on the icon of the equipment itself. That means that you can visually scan your equipment with ease and find high quality MODs in a jiffy. Tune into the Dev Stream tomorrow at 3pm EST to see for yourself.
    We’ve also adjusted the way Shard sorting works too. In the new update, Shards are sorted together by type and then alphabetically. For example: all defense (green) Shards are grouped together when sorted, and will be listed in alphabetical order. This makes it way easier to find the Shard you are looking for and should cut down the amount of time spent in menus substantially. We’re open to any feedback after this goes live, but we’re excited to get these changes to you!
    The elves at Trendy are looking forward to the release of this update and can’t wait to see you play it. We’re far from finished when it comes to improving MODs in the game, so your continued feedback is always appreciated. Happy Defending and Happy Holidays!
    Love,
    Mark

    Eric “Petire” Petrie — QA Designer
    Hey all, I’m just going to get right into it! The focus for me this update was allowing players to have more choice and agency in what they use while feeling powerful based on their setups. I’m going to go over our first step in expanding two different systems that happened to work very well together. The first one is the Elemental Combo system. We think it’s a great way for players to expand on making builds they truly feel are their own. The problem with the elemental combo systems in the past were either they were the ONLY way to build, or they were completely useless. The reason for this was not the Elemental Combo system itself but more the ability for players to stack Crowd Controls over and over again to increase damage output beyond expected values, completely stunlocking enemies.
    Allowing players to pick what kind of towers they enjoy using and use those in nearly every circumstance (as long as they put the time and effort in to get the mods/shards for those towers) is a cool and interesting aspect a RPG Tower Defense can have. For instance, having your Cannonball towers oil enemies so your flame aura begins an ignite, or allowing your Skyguard to stun enemies knocked up from geyser. Those are cool and interesting interactions that we want players to feel good finding and discovering for their first time, but not have them make all content trivial.
    This is not the final stage of our combo system, but rather a first step. We’re hard at work on back end systems that need to be altered in order to future proof additions we create, and of course give our amazing artists enough time to go forward and make awesome visual effects (so awesome you may shed a tear) to show off new and amazing combos.
    Another quick thing I want to talk about is Blockades. Blockades have decreased in use ever since we added shards, and even more so with Mods, because Crowd Control effects are too powerful on our enemies. The reason for this is the many instances of Crowd Control available at any point and time without any kind of cooldown on using them. Enter Diminishing Returns. Diminishing Returns allow certain passives and shards to increase their base values everytime any Crowd Control is applied to an enemy future CC’s will have less effect. There’s more to talk about on Diminishing Returns being added, but by adding them in we’re able to make Elemental Combos a lot more interesting, create even MORE Elemental Combos in our future patches/updates, AND buff Blockades so that they are part of your builds. All of these changes are because of feedback we received from so many of you, and we’ve done a lot to make them feel good.
    Activating my trap card,
    Petire

    Daniel Diaz — World Builder
    Hey everyone! I’m Daniel Diaz, and I want to share with you some of the work we’ve put into the next map coming to you all very soon.

    Our main inspiration for this level came from Game of thrones (specifically Night's Watch, Castle Black) and some awesome concepts by artists at Trendy.
    We had lot of fun working on it. I remember I started working on the front of the castle, if you wonder about the workflow just take a look at the pic below.

    Finally, one of the biggest challenges for this level on the world building side was to create the ice cavern and backgrounds for the level (we had no concepts for them) so we had to explore and use our imagination.

    We can’t wait to see you all conquer this frozen castle and reap the rewards for doing so!
    Thanks everyone,
    Daniel
    What’s Next?
    Our Dev Stream is December 7th, @3 PM EST. Be sure to come join us, check out all the epic snow covered goodness, system changes, and hard work poured into this update. Oh, also, you know, maybe win some prizes coming with this update!
    To get reliable updates on what’s to come, be sure to check out our social platforms for the latest juiciest beans to be spilled:
    Twitter
    Facebook
    Discord
    Twitch
    The entire team has had a blast making this content, we cannot wait for all of you to get your hands on our next update. Stay tuned for more info soon!
    For Etheria!
    The Dungeon Defenders II Team
  11. [CG] LAWLTA
    




    Greetings Defenders

    Today we announce the next chapter of Dungeon Defenders II, the Power of the Ancients Expansion, releasing next month! Within our Expansion are some legendary additions to the game:
    Onslaught, our new game mode that is your main focus of progression.
    Ancient Power, our new character progression that allows you to push the limits as defenders and increase your strength.
    The Lost Temple, our new HUGE map that changes its layout every time you attempt to conquer it.
    Defender Packs, a new way to unlock unique flair, costumes, and pets.
    And much more!
    We are going to be revealing more Power of the Ancients info soon, and talking about Power of the Ancients on our Devstream this Friday at 3PM EST! To give insight into what we’ve been working on, we’re having some of our epic developers chime into the work they’ve put into Power of the Ancients, experiences throughout our development process, as well as what we’re most hyped about! Let’s get started:

    Alec Saare, Community Manager (Lawlta)
    For those of you who don’t know me from our different social platforms, I’m Community Coordinator turned Community Manager for Dungeon Defenders II. My focus has been taking all the feedback that you, our courageous, strong, glorious community, have provided to help make sure that Power of the Ancients is a behemoth of an expansion that you all want to conquer. This means taking your feedback and wants, meeting with designers, discussing the things that defenders enjoy, molding our new content to the things you enjoy, and then testing the beastly content that is created. You’re in for a wild ride!
    Onslaught provides something for everyone to enjoy, from those who have just completed campaign, to the grizzled veterans of Chaos Trials 7. The progression feels so incredibly solid and polished. You steadily get gear and shards that are improvements as you progress. Trials now drop MORE gear and shards than before, making them more rewarding for taking on harder enemies sooner than you would in Onslaught. You can choose to progress through Trials to unlock Onslaught floors, or through Onslaught floors to unlock Trials, which just feels great having the option to go between the two and still progress. On top of this you also can increase your Ancient Power (a new form of character progression), which just offers a slew of benefits and choices that provide meaningful character advancement.
    Besides putting time into our new expansion, I’m constantly working on ways to make our community a better place to be. I’ll be rolling out some new initiatives to make our social spaces an even better place to interact with one another; give our streamers a single banner to fly under, transparent requirements, maybe even some incentives; and everything I can to spotlight the greatness that is the Dungeon Defenders II community. There’s more to come soon!

    Colin Fisher, Associate Producer (Elandrian)
    FINALLY.  I’ve probably been teasing most of our players for too long about our new “end-game mode” and “update” that we’re working on, but now I can finally talk about it!  Huzzah!  It’s not just a “game expanding update” anymore… It’s an expansion.
    I remember a day, where I was just a baby armchair developer, playing the old version of Onslaught, wishing for checkpoints and some sort of save system that would keep my progress.  Whelp, I wish I could say those were the “good ol’ days”, but this new version of that game mode is far beyond anything I could have expected.
    We’ve taken several pain points of gameplay that players have been experiencing and kicked them to the curb!  Facing off against the same enemies every map and the build never changes? CURBED. Tired of smart loot being weird? CURBED. Wanted more things to do in the game, but Trials was the only option? CURBED?  (DISCLAIMER: Trials is still an option, but we tried to make Onslaught a better option. I mostly just wanted to use the “kicking to the curb” analogy but it may not have been the right choice.  The aforementioned “CURBED” features still exist in the game in the Trials game mode, we’re just building future content in a better way.)
    To give a really quick “Elandrian’s TL;DR” set of bullet points about this expansion:
    Onslaught is a brand new game mode that completely changes our end game progression and is nothing like the previous version of Onslaught.
    Onslaught features new loot progression that makes sense.  Higher Floor Number = Higher Loot Stat Numbers.
    Onslaught features enemies and modifiers that will make your defense different each time.
    Onslaught will save which floors you were able to beat, you can then immediately play the next floor in your progression.
    Ancient Power is a way to do a limited reset on your account but keep progressing over time.
    The new map is unreal.  You’ll have different lanes and cores each time you load in.
    We’ll go over the specifics about each feature in future Devstreams and posts, so make sure to stay tuned for more specifics! You could also probably join our Remote Playtesting Group, sign an NDA, and check out the new content early, but I’m sure Dani will mention that below!

    John Muscarella, Lead Animator (Muskie4242)
    Howdy defenders.  It’s been a while.  
    This milestone the animation team has been pretty focused on some very ambitious cinematics to announce our awesome release. Hope you enjoyed them. As well as an in-game event piece that you end game players will be seeing very soon...
    There is a lot more to come, but until then, please enjoy one of my favorite cosmetic flairs we’ve been working on over here.


    Creepy right? Almost like it’s going to reach out and grab you…

    Dani Moore, Remote QA Lead ([[25251,users]])

    Our testing teams have been hard at working getting Onslaught up and going, and we’re ready to expand testing to our Remote Playtesting Group to get our community feedback and gut checks before we push for release.
    Our playtesters are great folks and have helped make our releases better. If you want to get early access to Onslaught in exchange for giving us feedback and helping us iron out issues before release, we want you! 

    If you are 18 or over (sorry you need to sign our NDA so we can’t bend on this rule) and wish to help (PC only help for now, sorry console bros!), email me dani.moore(at)trendyent.com and let me know. We’re hoping to start testing this week, so you’ll want to be there when we do!

    Steven Collins, Level Designer (Esorath)
    Holy frick, this map was a challenge and a half. This isn’t your grandpappy’s old Dungeon Defenders II level.
    Since there are so many different possibilities that can happen in this game mode, I wanted to be really intentional with everything this map has to offer. We ran through scenarios and tests as to what combinations of the different Onslaught elements could appear and made sure that these combinations came together in a meaningful manner.
    When the lanes open and cores are different each time, you get to have a different experience with different core and lane combinations. These two things working alongside the enemy modifiers make this one of the top experiences for Dungeon Defenders II.


    Mark Telfer, Technical Designer (TrendyMark)
    Hey Defenders!
    I can’t tell you how fun it has been to watch all of you play Mastery each week, and I am incredibly grateful for the positive feedback you’ve given me. I’m still hard at work revamping the loot generation system (it’s going to make sense, dammit) and designing out some new and exciting things coming in the future. I can’t wait to see the final weeks of Mastery and to watch you guys conquer Onslaught and beyond!
    Love,
    Mark


    Zack Smith, 3D Artist 
    My first thought when looking at the concepts for the Onslaught expansion was, “whoa! I get to create these amazing concepts in 3D?!” I was very excited to create a variety of the 3D models and textures for the Onslaught Expansion. I enjoyed creating a wide range of assets ranging from a dragon to a tiling floor texture. The goal was to create a look that was mysterious, fun, and vibrant with bold colors.


    Jose Villegas, Technical Designer (TrendyJose)
    Hey Everyone!
    My name Jose and I’m a Technical Designer here at Trendy. Over the past couple of milestones, I have been working as the designer for the new Onslaught game mode. It has been a long and tiring endeavor, but we are so happy to finally have reached the point where you can see what we made for you.
    Let me go over a few points to give you insight on our expectations for Onslaught and the immediate future of DD2. For this I need to go back to the somewhat-distant past of March 2017 and the release of Trials. While we enjoyed what Trials provided to the game, as a recurring game mode, it was evident that we needed a true end game with a longer life, and clearer progression.
    This led us into thinking about how to create a new game mode that will keep you engaged with exciting content and challenges, regardless of how much time you put into the game. Onslaught, at its core, is just that: an ever-increasing challenge that will grow alongside the player, for as long as they want.
    The main obstacle in front of us to achieve this goal was how to ensure a satisfying replayable experience. The immediate answer for us was the enemy selection, and how to mix them effectively. So far, every game mode in DD2 has run the same enemy types in each lane whenever you load into a map. However, for Onslaught, each lane will have different enemies coming through them. For example, one lane may have Cyborks and the other one may have Vanguard Goblins. That means that the same build will not work in every situation, and you will have to react independently to each lane. We gave each schedule of enemies a distinctive name, which you can use to strategize and share your best builds online on how to counter them.
    As a secondary way to achieve replayability, we are bringing back enemy Mutators with full force. In the past, Mutators are modifiers that have been used to affect the performance of a given lane. A few months ago, I asked people in the forums to give me ideas for exciting new Mutators, and they did not disappoint. I’m pleased to say we have made roughly 35 new Mutators, all of them impacting gameplay in many ways. None of them are going to be boring flat number increases, but our goal was to provide you with fun challenges to overcome. In fact, some Mutators act as double-edge swords for the enemies by making them stronger in some way, but weaker in another.
    Finally, the best example of Onslaught’s replayability lies in the new map we made for it: The Lost Temple. The Lost Temple is the biggest DD2 map yet, with 30 lanes and 10 cores! Of course, these are not going to be all open at the same time, but different lane/core combinations will be selected each time you play it.
    Alongside replayability, our priority from Design was to help clarify the game’s gear progression. For this we are dividing Onslaught into Floors that will guide players in an upwards ladder of power progression and enemy difficulty increase. No longer will you have to worry about whether or not you should be playing a given Chaos difficulty to progress effectively, you now can just simply play the next floor in Onslaught and you will know you are on the right track.
    My job was to design, balance, and work on the implementation of all the systems that I have talked about in this log. Anyway, I think I wrote way too much already. I don’t use twitter, but you can reach me on the official Discord. I hope you will enjoy all the exciting content we are preparing for you in the expansion =).

    More Info Soon
    We'll be talking more about Power of the Ancients over the next few weeks. To make sure you get the most up-to-date information, check out our social media platforms:
    Facebook Twitter Discord Also visit our Devstream this Friday at 3PM EST on Twitch, where we'll be showing off some Power of the Ancients goodness.
    As always, we are incredibly grateful for the support that you, our glorious community, provide us. Get ready to dive deep into Onslaught, it’s going to be here before you know it!
    For Etheria!
    The Dungeon Defenders II Team
  12. [CG] LAWLTA
    Greetings Defenders,
    In our most recent Devstream we announced that the Barbarian is making his glorious return to defend Etheria once more. His return is something Defenders waited for a long time, and he’s bringing some great features with him:
    New Hero: The Barbarian, a whirlwind of wrath and fury!
    New User Experience:  New Defenders are thrown into the action of defending Etheria!
    Shard Slot overhaul to spend less time in your inventory and more time on the battlefield!
    Item Progression rework to increase power and knowledge of the gear you acquire!
    We recently discussed the changes to the shard system and our item progression during our last Devstream (check it out here). Our latest Devstream recapped that information and also showed off the might and power of the Barbarian in all his glory! This update included a lot of work to create this new Hero and make some much anticipated changes to core systems of the game. Let’s get started!

    Alec Saare, Community Manager (Lawlta)
    Since working at Trendy, there have been two things that our brave, powerful, and passionate community of Defenders have wanted for a long time: The Barbarian and a way to track gear strength. Everything in this update has been affected directly by the feedback and desires that all of provide, and we’re very grateful for your help in making the game better as a result.
    Creating The Barbarian was an amazing process to be a part of. We went from having a base design, and overhauling him completely to crank his epicness up to 11! There was a huge goal of capturing the spirit of the Barbarian from Dungeon Defenders 1 and turbo-charging that spirit. The result is a whirlwind of wrath and fury that is both an immovable object and an unstoppable force. HE. IS. A. BEAST.
    With his arrival is something as a player I am stoked to see in the game — gear and shard changes. As someone who has gained Ancient Power and is climbing Onslaught, not having to move shards combined with the changes to gear progression and visibility feels so great! You’ll experience yourself very soon.
    The introduction to Dungeon Defenders II is also vastly different than before. Our veteran Defenders are not exposed to this area of the game, but we noticed a lot of newer players were not getting pumped up with the original tutorial and so we set out to improve tenfold! Now new Defenders experience action from the get go, with a certain dragon really setting the pace of the rest of the game.
    We cannot wait for all of you to really sink your teeth into this meaty update!

    Colin Fisher, Associate Producer (Elandrian)
    Hey everyone, just a quick update from me. I have been making larger posts recently about upcoming features so the Dev Log won’t have TOO many tidbits… but I’d like to give everyone some pieces to start thinking about. There’s some areas of our game that we’re planning to improve, so I’d like to clue you in on what those are. I’m sure I’ll have mentioned some of them before, but I’d just like to reiterate what we’re looking into next.
    We’re looking at ways to store items, ways to create and customize existing items, ways to exchange items, and ways to enhance items. Did I mention that we’re heavily looking into making items more interesting? We have some features that we’re planning, but we’ll reveal more specifics about them at a later date. There’s a lot of ways we want to make the game more engaging and interesting to players, while also figuring out a plan to continue rolling out new content like maps, costumes, heroes and such. We’re a small team, so finding that balance between improving areas of the game while also adding content is a challenge.
    We appreciate our community that are playing, giving feedback, and even just following our updates on the site, forums and social outlets. Can’t wait to tell you guys about what’s to come, so stay tuned!


    Eric Petire, QA Designer (Petire)
    Being a Dungeon Defenders player and playing a ton of Barbarian in the past, I wanted to bring the visceral gameplay of jumping across the map at rapid speed while also clearing hordes of enemies and wiping bosses off the map with a speed second to none. One of my goals was to bring back the stances that made the Barbarian so much fun to play, flying between lanes and destroying any enemy.

    He is meant to have some of the strongest and most fun abilities to use that require an active playstyle to have his damage reach its highest potential. Many different ideas were thrown around to allow players to interact with other players or other heroes/defenses; the end result is we wanted the Barbarian to be focused on just absolutely demolishing the hordes of monsters you face. This means that instead of being able to buff others, he can debuff enemies in some fun and unique way for other heroes and defenses to interact with.

    Daniel Driussi, 3D Character Artist
    I was recently hired at Trendy, and I am very excited to be here! When I started there was a working model of the Barbarian that was already modeled and textured by the previous character artist. Likewise this older barbarian was fully playable, but it did not meet the new look that we were trying to achieve. So my first task here was to model and texture the “New” Barbarian.


    (Untextured progression of the Barbarian’s 3D model.)
    The process to create the 3D model of the Barbarian consists of a couple of steps.  First, I took the concept art into Zbrush and quickly made a body. Then I took that into Maya to complete the rest of the modeling and created the clothing and armor. Many iterations went into making sure everything worked properly.

    (Textures for the Barbarian’s head and torso.)
    From that point, I took the model into 3D Coat and Photoshop to paint the textures.  My biggest hurdle that I faced in getting the “style” of the textures of the barbarian was matching the look of Dungeon Defenders.


    (Texture progression and 3D model changes of the Barbarian.)

    This took a lot of work, but I am glad to say that the hurdle was vaulted and the Barbarian looks awesome next to all the other characters in game. Now that he is finished, I really enjoy seeing this hulking mass of muscles, that I helped to get into this game, glide through combat like a beautiful murder ballerina!


    Keith "Keithimator" Walheim, Animator
    Hey Defenders! Rage, wrath and sheer power were just a few of the words going through my head while animating the Barbarian. Oh, and SMAAAAAAAASH! He is definitely not a dainty ballerina, but he is still quite an agile character. I would say one of the greatest challenges while animating this human tank was moving all that muscle mass around while making him quick enough to react for the Defender playing him. One way we approached this was to really focus on emphasizing the weight shift in his shoulders.


    (Various reaction animations)
    Some of my favorite animations that I got to work on for this bad boy were the death animation (finding interesting ways to make characters meet their demise can be fun), and the stances.


    (Death Animation for the Barbarian.)
    The four stances were challenging because of the animation needed to depict the functionality of the stance in a split second, while still showing the weight of this huge character. One of the animations that I had the most fun with was a one armed handstand pushup that unfortunately didn’t make it into the game, but you can see it here.


    (The Barbarian staying in shape.)
    There is one thing related to the Barbarian I got to animate that I feel makes playing him a whole lot more interesting, the enemy death animations. Each time the Barbarian smashes a Kobold, Goblin, or Javelin thrower they will — well, give him a try and see what happens. Run, don’t walk!


    (Run cycles by John Muscarella, Lead Animator)


    Jose Villegas, Technical Designer (TrendyJose)
    Hey Everyone! Since last update I have been ESSENTIALLY focused on various Quality of Life improvements. Chief amongst those is the revamp of the previous iPwr system. In theory, iPwr should have been a good indicator to know how strong an item is, but in practicality it didn’t reflect that. You could have an uncommon item drop alongside a legendary item and both of them would have similar iPwr, but because the legendary had multiple stats, it seemed to be way better. This led people into equipping lower iPwr items by trying to maximize their stats.
    This also led to the ‘muling’ issue many of you are aware of. Since the highest iPwr of your heroes would determine the drops you see in the game, you were encouraged to have a throw-away character to get the best drops.


    GearScore is the solution we came up for both issues. A piece of equipment’s GearScore value is determined after evaluating every single element of what makes it strong. That is the value of the item’s stats, the number of Shard slots it will enable, and the number of secondary stats it has. Like we mentioned in the Devstream, GearScore should give you the certainty that an item with a greater GS value is overall better than a lower one. Of course, if you are pursuing a certain strategy, you are encouraged to play the game your own way and ignore GS.
    Alongside this, I want to say under no ambiguity: Muling is dead. The gear that we are dropping in the game has no relation, whatsoever, with what you have equipped, or what’s even in your inventory. The strength of the items that you see in DD2 is tied to your progression. The more you play, the stronger items you will see, across all game modes. Of course, each game mode and difficulty has a ceiling of the strength at which items may drop, so you are encouraged to always keep pushing higher.
    On a different note, we also brought some improvements to Shard management. We want you to keep playing the game with the least amount of interruptions as possible, so we decided to streamline the Shard equipping process. Now shards will be tied to Gear Slots, instead of Gear. This will allow you to naturally equip better Gear, without having to move your Shards around to keep your same build. These Shards improvements come with inventory adjustments to the UI so you can quickly equip and unequip shards.
    Anyhow, I’m sure these new systems will allow you to keep doing what you like to do the most: blasting goblins and building towers. I’m more than happy to listen to your feedback, post on our forums and I will see it. Happy defending =).


    Mark Telfer, Technical Designer (TrendyMark)
    Hey Defenders! From this day forward, I am officially taking all noobies under my wing!  Since the Power of the Ancients update, I’ve been hard at work revamping the new user experience (NUE) of Dungeon Defenders II. Our goal was to make the first hour of the campaign exciting, informative, and most importantly, a showcase for what makes Dungeon Defenders II special.
    Over the past couple of months we’ve brought testers into our studio and watched them play both the current tutorial level and the first hour of the campaign. These tests revealed that many people were confused about how to interact with some of the fundamental systems of DD2.  Players were having a hard time understanding how to interact with gear that was dropping, they were forgetting to go to the green mana chests, and worst of all, many didn’t realize you could swap between different heroes!
    It was clear that the new user flow needed an overhaul. The approach we took involved creating immediate stakes for players by throwing them straight into the action-packed combat of DD2.  We also wanted to incrementally introduce the foundational systems of the game so that players could fully appreciate their intricacies. Finally, we wanted to present each mechanic in a way that is concise, clear, and within context that demonstrated its value.

    (Behind the scenes of the new user experience)
    After many late nights and frequent focus group testing of our work, I am very pleased to announce that my self esteem remains (mostly) intact and that our new user experience will be dropping “sooner than you expect.” Happy defending!
    Love,
    Mark
    P.S.
    All of the designers read every single forum post. Keep the awesome feedback coming.

    Dani Moore, Remote QA Lead
    Our testing groups had fun putting the early Barbarian through his paces. The ability to combine stances made for some interesting discovery of combinations, but also some interesting bugs and balance issues over the course of testing.
    The new shard slots were immediately pounced upon as a solid quality of life addition by most of the testing folks, and  thankfully didn't present too many issues.
    We're also looking to expand our tester pool once again. Our testers get the chance to try out our still-in development work, in exchange for some cool stuff as a thanks. They help us with balance, feedback and bugs and their contributions to our releases are very valuable.
    We have two teams, RQA - our daily bug hunters (for folks with lots of free time each day), and RPG - our larger team for balance and feedback (for folks with limited free time).
    If you are interested, drop me an email at dani.moore @ trendyent (dot) com and ask. I'm happy to provide more information on both teams to see what best suits. A big thanks to everyone involved in the Barbarian and the heaps of work and sweat that went into it all.
  13. [CG] LAWLTA
    Greetings Defenders
    Our pledge with this gigantic update is to increase and improve communication. This is our first DevLog in a series of DevLogs coming your way! We recently teased big changes to two very important stats:  Critical Chance and Critical Damage. There is so much coming with Professor Sebastian Proteus, here’s what he’s bringing in this DevLog:
    Stats: Critical Chance, Critical Damage, Speed, and more are getting their impact cranked up!
    Gear:  Stats aren’t the only thing changing. Gear now has a primary and secondary stat, as well as unique magical properties to really amp up your playstyle!
    Properties:  Now a part of gear and relics, properties lend a much needed helping hand into bringing interesting builds to the Defenders of Etheria!
    There’s a ton of information to cover here. These are the foundational changes that affect everything else you are going to see in future DevLogs. These changes open the door for a lot of features we are wanting to add. It’s a lot to take in, so let’s begin!
    Stat Improvements!

    Jose Villegas, Technical Designer
    Hey Everyone!
    I’m excited to tell you that big changes are coming soon to DD2. We have been paying close attention to the balance of the game for a while, so we took it upon ourselves to tackle  several of the core systems of DD2, and how to improve them.
    Similar to the recent changes to Shards and Gear Progression, the goal of these changes is to enhance your DD2 experience by making things as clear and simple as possible. To this extent, we modified and improved how stats work:
    Hero and Defense Critical Damage: This was my biggest source of concern by far. Previously, Critical Damage was a separate stat that increased damage from critical strikes independently from your regular non-critical damage, which meant that one had no relation with the other. We felt that this directly conflicts with what most players would expect from a normal critical damage system, where your critical damage was a multiplier that affected your regular damage. So, we made precisely that change. With this update, your critical damage is a percentage that affects any source of damage. Whenever you trigger a critical strike, your regular damage is multiplied by your critical damage stat. Revolutionary!

    Hero Damage, Defense Damage, and Ability Power: Since the overwhelming majority of your damage in DD2 came from critical damage sources, we are increasing how much damage your regular attacks, abilities, and towers deal. So whenever you login  after the update, your base damage is now stronger than ever!

    Hero and Defense Critical Chance: Now that your normal and critical damage pulls from the same source, we decided to also remove the 33% Critical Chance cap previously used. In order to encourage people to make whatever builds they find the most fun, we opened the floodgates and removed the crit cap!! Our goal is to make crit builds an option for players, and an actual choice rather than the only way to play the game.
    Defense Speed: This is an obscure stat in the game. Each Defense currently has a Defense Speed stat that affects how fast it attacks, however, it was not very clear how much you gained whenever you increased it. Due to the fact that it was a numerical stat instead of a percentage, making the conversion between that number and the attacks per second is very difficult, since each tower worked differently. For example, the Defense Rate Shard increased your Defense Speed by 33%, but that percentage changed the stat, and not the actual attack rate, so it affected different towers in different ways. In this update, Defense Speed is also a percentage, and is directly tied to the actual attack rate of the Defense. Whenever you raise the Defense Speed you will know exactly by how much you are increasing that tower’s attack frequency.
    Now, you may be asking, if Defense Speed and Critical Damage are changed this much, how does that affect gear? Well, we are improving the gear in the entire game! We know that right now gear is a little bit stale and lacking in variety, so we are introducing our new “Magical Property” (work-in-progress name) system on gear that is going to shake things up quite a bit. These new properties are all about gaining power in new ways, including Defense Speed and Critical Damage. We are going to update you with more info about the changes to gear sooner than you expect =).
    Anyway, that’s all from me for now. We are listening to your feedback, and all of the changes we are doing are with the goal of making DD2 a better game for you. Thanks for enjoying our game, and please let us know how can keep doing better!
    Essentially,
    Jose
    Magical Properties!

    Mark Telfer, Technical Designer

    Hey Defenders!
    It’s been a while since I last checked in with you all, and boy, do I have a ton to share!  We’ve been hard at work making some gargantuan additions to Dungeon Defenders II over the past few months, and I am excited to say that I can finally spill the beans on some of what the team has been working on. Hang on to your CatHatters, because gear in DD2 is in for a wild ride.

    The Current State of Gear
    As we were wrapping up the Barbarian’s Wrath update, I sat down with the team and we all took a hard look at gear.  There were many things we saw as opportunities to improve upon. At its heart, Dungeon Defenders II is a loot-centric game. Conquering enemies and beating down precocious little gobus gives you a bonanza of gear drops on each map. Getting a piece of gear should be an exhilarating experience! That dropped piece of gear should represent potential untapped, possibility incarnate, and the spoils of victory well earned. It should inspire creativity in builds and a diversity of outcomes. In essence, gear equipping should be a meaningful and gratifying choice that lets you define your identity as a hero of Etheria.
    Unfortunately, the current gear of DD2 falls a bit short of this goal. As most of you know, gear currently has a primary stat, a varying number of secondary stats, and a differing amount of shard slots (depending on its tier). There is a very limited number of secondary stats in the game, and this hampered the amount of unique stat combinations we could drop for you to play with. For example, a legendary medallion has every single defensive secondary stat on it.  That means there is only one type of legendary medallion in the game! That’s the antithesis of giving players meaningful choices. 
    Exacerbating this issue, there was one particular stat that was of supreme significance - Critical Damage. If you’re not building for maximum Critical Damage right now, then what are you doing!? Critical Damage accounts for the vast majority of damage output a player can potentially do. This meant everyone was essentially building in a singular way. Boooooring! Needless to say, the design team knew we could do better.
    Jose worked hard to bring order to the Critical Damage system (outlined above), and brought sanity to critical damage output; it will no longer disproportionately affect DPS. Because of this adjustment, we now had a ton of wiggle room within the game balance to introduce new ways for you slay enemies. That’s when things got crazy. The design team made a pot of coffee, locked themselves into a room, and started imagining unique, fun, and crazy ways that we could let the heroes of Etheria dispatch the goblin legion. The time has come where I can (finally) let you in on where we landed.

    Magical Properties Everywhere!
    With great excitement, I can announce that all gear in the coming update will have the chance to roll new, unique, game-changing properties that allows you to creatively concoct entirely new strategies in DD2. These properties are affixed to gear that drops and defines playstyles, empower creativity, and engender build diversity to the likes that Etheria has never seen. These aren’t your Grandma’s old gear passives!  What are some of the insane things properties can do, you ask? Well, my friend…
    Have you ever wanted to make goblins explode upon death and have that explosion ripple out onto the luckless enemies in near proximity? You can do that! Oh, did I mention that if you’re smart then you create a chain of explosions?
    Have you ever wanted to make your cannonball tower deal elemental water damage?  You can do that! Would you prefer a different element? Pandora’s Box has opened when it comes to elementally attuning non-elemental towers.
    But despite how awesome both of those are, I must confess that I have a favorite. I’ve always had trouble with those pesky Shield Geodes. I love building Cannonball Towers and Poison Dart Towers, but those knuckleheads always reflect my projectiles. Well, they used to... until I found a property that makes projectiles penetrate shields. Just don’t tell Lawlta that I told you*. ;) (*Lawlta note: I see everything!)

    These awesome properties, and many many many more, have a chance of dropping on the gear you earn while playing. The better the gear (mythical, legendary, etc.), the more properties there are. There will be properties for both your towers and your heroes, and they can be combined to glorious effect. And did I mention properties get crazier and more powerful the further you push in DD2?

    These new properties will come to replace many of the secondary stats currently on gear. Don’t get me wrong, secondary stats such as Hero Health are still on gear, but there are less of them. Gear will soon only have one primary and one secondary stat.
    Properties fill in the gap that the removed secondary stats left, and gear is vastly more interesting because of this. Instead of being forced to see and use the same four secondary stats, you now have a myriad of choices in which properties you want to play with. With all these changes to gear and items, one thing we did not change was shard equipping. Prepare to make some serious decisions on property combinations and how confluences of different properties that best compliment your playstyle!
    I’d love to tell you more, but Lawlta is breathing heavily over my shoulder and I fear for my safety. However, I can tell you that this isn’t even half of what we are working on for this upcoming update. Seriously! This isn’t hyperbole! There is way more coming your way, and I can’t wait to share it with you. Until next time, Defenders!
    Love,
    Mark
    A Quick Note From Elan!

    Colin Fisher (Elandrian), Associate Producer

    Hey everyone,
    I hope that gives a little more information about some of the systems that are coming up in this expansion. I hope people get excited about our new Magical Properties (the name is a work in progress) and the other statistical changes on gear. In our playtests, we’ve seen that it’s provided some new defensive options that were otherwise unviable.
    We’ll be releasing more information in the coming weeks to let everyone know about the plethora of system, balance, and content changes that are part of this expansion.
    If you’re interested in checking out the changes early, you can join our playtester groups, the Remote Playtesting Group (RPG) and the Remote Quality Assurance (RQA).  These groups have access to a test build of the upcoming changes and have been instrumental in providing feedback while we flip our balance on its head. If you’re interested, make sure you’re 18 or older, can test on PC (rewards are available to every platform though!), and contact our RQA Manager, Dani Moore!  

    (It’s dani dot moore at trendyent dot com. Why don’t links work well? I don’t know. We’ll fix it one day… Game systems are more important.  Right? RIGHT!? PLEASE CONFIRM FOR ME.)

    Lovingly,
    Elandrian
    A Look To The Horizon!

    Alec Saare (Lawlta), Community Manager and Bean Spiller Extraordinaire

    Hey All,
    We discussed quite a bit of information here, but this is only the tip of the controlled burn and frosty mutated gobu-berg. There is so much more coming on top of this that we are going to get EVEN MORE information out soon. The bean spillage that occurred here will continue to flow!
    The systems we are going to talk about continue to build off what’s discussed here, they're real game changes. All stats are being changed and rebalanced, new magical properties (work-in-progress name) are being added to really empower your gear. Seriously, some of them are crazy, and we took good care in making sure they also address some of the great feedback many of you have provided (thank you for all your efforts on that front). These changes really offer us a lot of opportunities to continue creating awesome and rewarding systems and features! As we release information, you’ll see how everything builds upon the previous post. There might even be some information about how game modes are affected or even more information about your gear coming! ;)
    If you want a sneak peak (as well as helping us polish things before release), as Elandrian outlined above, our testing groups are just for you! There’s so much coming, and every bit helps to make this expansive update great.
    XOXO,
    Lawlta
    Want More Info On What’s Coming?
    Check us out on social media for additional updates and game discussions with our awesome community:
    Twitter
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    Discord
    Twitch
    We’re going to give even more details very soon! Our designers are excited to continue sharing what they are working on and explain what changes are coming and why. Stay tuned!
    For Etheria!

    The Dungeon Defenders II Team

  14. [CG] LAWLTA
    Greetings Defenders,
    Our second DevLog has arrived as promised! These DevLogs are going to build upon one another, making the order of their reveals very important. If you have not had the pleasure of reading our previous one, click here. It makes a lot more sense if you understand what’s going on and why these additions and changes are important.
    In the previous DevLog we talked about giant changes to stats and gear in Dungeon Defenders II. Every piece of gear is going to be affected by these changes. Critical chance, critical damage, and speed are revamped; base damage is boosted to compensate for these changes; and gear is gaining magical properties. These features and changes are to allow players to build how they want to and have the tools needed to take on challenges they encounter with the heroes they enjoy.
    This isn’t going to be our last DevLog for this update, but there is a ton to cover here. The things we are covering in this DevLog continue to increase what we are able to do as we release future content. Enjoy!
    A Quick Note From Elandrian
    Colin Fisher (Elandrian) — Associate Producer

    Hey, Everyone!
    Just a quick check-in from me to make sure expectations are clear!  All the features mentioned in this post are still work in progress/in development and shifting based on feedback and theming with our expansion. The names of the features may change, but the overall goal and core functionality will most likely remain the same.
    I hope everyone appreciates the additional beans that Mark and Jose provide today.  Beans are weird. Did you know the first game I worked on was as a designer for a certain popular baked beans brand’s website? True story.  Anyways, back to spilling.

    Sincerely,
    Elandrian
    REFORGING AND UPGRADING!
    Mark Telfer — Technical Designer
    Hey, Defenders!
    In the last dev blog, we left you with some juicy tidbits about how we are revamping the gear system and adding new magical properties. If you haven’t read that one, go check it out now! At the end of the previous Devlog, I promised more bean spillage, and it’s time to deliver (TE-liver™)!

    Magical Property Reforging
    I’ve had the pleasure of playing a ton of the new content coming to DD2, and I’m having too much fun finding and utilizing the new magical properties on gear. I even found one awesome property that let my defenses counter those pesky Cyborks I was fighting! Truly some great stuff! I fell in love with the relic that the property was on and knew I wanted to perpetually bask in its intrinsic majesty. That is, I thought I did, until I found another relic with an equally amazing property a few minutes later. So there I was, staring down the barrel of a gut-wrenching choice. In a moment of passion, should I spurn my beloved Cybork-countering property for the new relic, or do I thwart this temptation and preserve the ardent bond I have with my current relic. I don’t know about you, Defenders, but my delicate little heart just can’t handle decisions like these. I knew that for the sake of Etheria, I had to protect all heroes from such agonizing choices. And besides, I’ve always been the type that wants to have his cake and eat it too.
    So with that, I have one simple question for you, Defenders. Do you also like to have your cake and eat it too? Wouldn’t it be awesome if you could discover two incredible properties on separate pieces of gear, and bring them together in a glorious union? With great pleasure, I can announce Magical Property Reforging, which lets you do just that. Cake for everyone!
    Property Reforging empowers you to transfer properties from one piece of gear to another. Prepare to get crazy, creative, and experimentative! The only barrier between you and a perfect combinations of properties is your imagination! Fear not, for you don’t have to pray for an item drop that naturally possesses perfect combinations of properties. You, yes you, can mix and match them to your heart’s content. You don’t like a property on your favorite weapon?  Overwrite that sucker with a better one. Want to give that weapon a boost! Throw a new property into a slot that rolled blank! Did you find a more powerful version of a property you are already using? Purge it for the better one!
    So how exactly does this bad boy work, you ask? Well first, you must defend Etheria and reap the sweet, sweet gear rewards for doing so. Once you find two (or more) magical properties you want that reside on separate pieces of gear, head over to the town or tavern. Find a brand new character populating the town who loves to tinker with things, and initiate a Reforge.  From the reforge screen, you select gear that you want to transfer properties from and gear that you want to transfer properties onto. You can then transfer any number of properties from one gear to another so long as there are available property slots. Once you’ve concocted a marauding masterpiece, confirm the transfer and get back to showing the enemies of Etheria who’s boss! Be careful though, the gear you transfer properties from gets destroyed by the reforging process and only the gear that you transferred properties onto survives.
    You can transfer properties between two pieces of gear so long as certain guidelines are followed:
    Properties must be transferred between two pieces of gear of the same type (both are weapons, or relics, or helmets, etc).
    The gear you are transferring properties from must be earned in a Chaos difficulty that is at or below the Chaos difficulty of the gear you are transferring properties onto (i.e. you can transfer properties from Chaos V to Chaos VII gear, but not the other way around).
    All properties on a piece of gear must be unique.
    Only one elemental attunement is present.
    Other than that, the sky's the limit!
    Now I know what you’re thinking.  You’re thinking, “Mark! I’ve seen you on the devstream before!  You’re a smart, good-looking, cool, weird-looking, strong, Mark-looking guy, but pray tell, you’ve overlooked something here!  All of the new gear properties and reforging sound great, but what good is all of this if I’m currently progressing through DD2?  I get a lot of gear upgrades each map. Doesn’t this mean all my gear and the effort I make reforging will quickly become obsolete?”  Well, dear reader, you are correct. I am indeed weird-looking. You are also correct in that this does pose a challenge to this new gear system. The challenge here is what I like to call gear permanence, or in the case of the current live game, the lack thereof.  


    Gear Permanence and You!

    One of the reasons I love working on (and more importantly playing) Dungeon Defenders II is because of how unique of a game it is. One of these unique aspects is how we handle hero progression after you reach level 50. As you test your might in Chaos Trials, gear is progression. Cumulative and incremental progress to your heroes comes in the form of a consistent flow of new item drops that possess increasingly higher gear scores. Equipping those items on a frequent basis raises your champion score, and building champion score unlocks new challenges for you to take head-on.
    This system is pretty cool, but it’s not conducive to long-term attachment to a specific piece of gear. Since the Barbarian’s Wrath update, the loot system assures that the plethora of gear you earn continuously rolls higher gear scores so long as you’re playing at the appropriate difficulty. Throughout the course of even one map, you’re likely to see higher gear scores for a given slot many times over. This meant that swapping gear several times in one map would be a formidable progression strategy. The current system encourages, and in fact rewards you, for constantly swapping to new gear with a higher gear score.  This system results in gear being ephemeral during progression and furthermore, relegates all of the new gear we are creating to nothing more than a short-term decision.
    That’s not what gear in Dungeon Defenders II should be. Equipping behavior should be a result of careful and meaningful deliberation which rewards the opportunity to carve out a creative and unique playstyle. Having to constantly swap gear makes this deliberation fruitless and frivolous. We knew that if we are truly going to make the gear revamp meaningful, we must allow players to keep their favorite gear long-term and ensure the gear remained viable in the process. Essentially, we had to ensure that players had the freedom to make gear permanent if they desired.

    Equipment Upgrading and Evolution

    At the heart of creative and diverse gameplay is freedom. Freedom means emancipating players from constraints that would otherwise impede their goals as heroes of Etheria. Based on this sentiment, we’ve totally revamped the equipment upgrading system, and it is with great pleasure that I can announce the brand new system that will take its place: Upgrading and Evolution!
    Now what do I mean when I say freedom?  Buckle up! Our new system literally lets you take the first piece of gear you ever earn in Campaign and power it up to a strength that is greater than the current Chaos VII gear cap in the game. That’s right, Defenders. If you find any awesome piece of equipment that you like, you can keep it viable for as long as you want. Do you love the Harbinger’s shield that you get for completing campaign? You can power that bad boy up beyond the Chaos VII cap.  Do you love a property the way I love the Cybork-countering property? Upgrade the gear that it’s on and power it up beside you as you progress.
    So how does all of this work? Like I said earlier, the current upgrading system will be replaced. Gone are the days where you have a small amount of upgrade levels that max out.  Instead, you will be able to take your chosen piece of gear through a two-step process called (new) upgrading, and evolution.

    (New) Upgrading!

    Every piece of gear will track the chaos level that it was dropped in. As you know, each Chaos has a gear score range that can drop, a min and a max if you will. That range will be abstracted to a meter on our new upgrading screen. Filling this meter will power your gear from the min to the max of the corresponding Chaos range. If you get a gear drop whose gear score falls somewhere between the min and the max, meter levels will automatically be awarded retroactively. Filling that meter substantially beefs you up and makes your enemies cower before your fortitude. Once that meter has been filled and you’re at the max of that Chaos level’s range, you’re not done —you’re ready to Evolve!

    Evolution!

    Okay! So your gear is beefed up, and you’re at the maximum gear score possible from the Chaos level the gear was dropped in. It’s time to evolve! Evolution allows you to break that gear past its current Chaos level and bring that gear up to the minimum of the next Chaos level. Magical properties see a massive strength increase when you perform an evolution to ready you for the next challenge that you undertake. The upgrade meter then is set back down to 0.  You can keep repeating this process for as long as you wish to keep using a piece of gear. You can even use this process to evolve gear past Chaos VII! MIGHTY POWER AWAITS!

    Upgrading and Evolution Costs

    Currency cost, especially gold costs, will be substantially different than our current upgrade costs. You can spend currency for each upgrade/evolution you preform. Currency isn’t all you’re going to need to do this though…
    New and powerful materials have been discovered across Etheria that make power boosts like this possible. With this update, these materials drop in specific maps and at specific difficulties as you defend Etheria from the goblin legion. Gather these materials up because they empower you to perform these brand new upgrades and evolutions.  

    The Road to Freedom!

    So at this point you might be saying to yourself, “I want to gather as many of these awesome materials up as possible, but Mark just said that they only drop on specific maps.  Right now, I can’t just choose a specific map I want to play, especially in Chaos Trials. Isn’t that a problem?” Defenders, I wasn’t kidding when I said that we are striving to give you the freedom to play the way you want. I’m going to let Jose take it from here and make our next big announcement. That said, I’ll leave you with this:  Jose, the rest of the team, and I STILL aren’t done revealing all of the big things that are coming in this next update. We seriously have even bigger features to announce in the future. I can’t wait for more bean spillage to occur.
    Love,
    Mark
    EXPEDITIONS!
    Jose Villegas — Technical Designer

    Hey everyone! Last week’s Dev Log was all about the changes to the core systems of Dungeon Defenders II. Now, let me tell you about the new stuff we are making, and things to get you even more excited for the future of the game.

    One of the long standing pain points for the community has been the lack of map choice in Chaos Trials. With this in mind, I’m excited to tell you we have taken a look at this and the Trials are finally over. You now have Expeditions.
    Expeditions take the same encounters that you have grown to love (and hate) from Trials, but adds the ability to choose any map you want to play. Actually, we have taken one step further and allow you to select any map that was previously unavailable to that Chaos level!
    This new game mode also ties into our improved Upgrade system that we are unveiling today. In order for you to upgrade your items, and reforge your properties around, you must gather all sort of materials across Etheria. Each type of map (Town, Spooky, Castle, Forest, Ruins, and Dungeon) award you with different materials, so make sure to play all of them.
    There are still a few secrets we are keeping before the release of the update, so make sure to keep coming back in the following weeks for more info!
    Essentially,
    Jose
    A Further Look to the Horizon!
    Alec Saare (Lawlta), Community Manager and Bean Overlord
    Hey All,
    As promised, the beans continue to floweth! The systems discussed here build upon all of the things we discussed in the previous DevLog (found here). There’s still more information coming (wuuuuuut), and as you can expect, it builds upon everything covered here! Crazy, right?
    We talked about some major systems in the game here today. One of the common issues presented talking with all of you is that gear doesn’t feel special and that it doesn’t really matter until you’re maxed out. These changes are to help address that, and we are confident you’ll enjoy what we’re cooking up. Also Expeditions providing map choice, where have I seen that requested before? :)  Your feedback is invaluable to the things we create. Though it takes time, we are always listening and trying to get everything possible into the game. Keeping your feedback constructive and objective makes it easier to find the things that matter most, and ways to implement it so that you not only enjoy it, but utilize potential new or additional systems. Now you may be thinking, what else could they possibly talk about next time with these changes. Here’s a small hint:  there’s an aspect of gear you all use currently that we haven’t talked about yet. Is that vague enough? I think that’s vague enough. You’ll have to wait for the next DevLog to find out!
    If you want a sneak peak (as well as helping us polish things before release), our testing groups are just for you! There’s so much coming, and every bit helps to make this expansive update great.
    Smooches,
    Lawlta
    Want More Info On What’s Coming?
    Check us out on social media for additional updates and game discussions with our awesome community:
    Twitter
    Facebook
    Discord
    Twitch
    We’re going to give even more details very soon! Our designers are excited to continue sharing what they are working on and explain what changes are coming and why. Stay tuned!
    For Etheria!
    The Dungeon Defenders II Team
  15. [CG] LAWLTA
    Greetings Defenders,
    The next large update for Dungeon Defenders II is right around the corner. We’ve been hard at work trying to make this update something that everyone will enjoy. One thing players have requested for a while are new maps, new enemies, and new visuals in general. This Dev Log is focused on giving you all a sneak peek into what our team has been working on. Get your sea legs ready, let’s set sail!

    Alec “Lawlta” Saare, Community Manager
    Our next update has so much to show off, so we’re going to dive into some of the visuals you’ll be seeing. The artists have really outdone themselves on both the models, the maps, and the animations involved in both. We’ve been teasing some of our maps recently, and want to shake it up, showing off one of our new pets, only a couple (there’s so many more) of our enemies, and… well, keep reading, you’ll see. 
    There is a lot more coming, both visually and technically. It’s been an ARRRRduous amount of work, with the whole team really grinding away. We can’t wait to share the fruits of our labor, both for your enjoyment, and to prevent scurvy. Pirates.

    Colin “Elandrian” Fisher, Associate Producer
    August has been quite a month.  Some of my favorite go-to games are releasing titles this month, so it’s been inspiring to see what advancements have been made in the industry.
    Speaking of advancements, there’s quite a few changes coming to Dungeon Defenders II soon. We’re processing a lot of feedback from all types of players recently to make changes to many of our end-game systems and flows. There’s a number of changes coming to Onslaught and Ancient Power, and our goal is to make them both feel easier to progress in and more rewarding.
    There’s a bit of new map content coming soon too, we’ll probably be talking more about that in the very near future, but for now I’ll just leave you with hints.
    Ship just got real.

    John Muscarella, Lead Animator
    You know that feeling when you have, like, A TON of cool animations to show off, but the marketing department wants to “control the messaging and reveals”...?
    No? Just me? Oh ok…
    Well we do have a ton of cool stuff that we can’t show you all just yet. The last several weeks have been crazy, and I’m stupid excited for you to see.  That’s right! I’m so excited it’s made me stupid…
    In the meantime, here’s a few things to tide you over. Or, at least tide ME over…

    We made him into a pet! Now you can blast enemies with the power of the Tinkerer’s greatest technological achievement; a barely competent bumbling mini-bot…

    Yaaarrrr! We’ve reskinned a whole bunch of our devious little friends. Blast and pummel them to the tune of a catchy pirate chantey!
    Like I said, there is sooo much more to come. Stay tuned, Defenders.

    Keith “Keithimator” Walheim, Animator
    Hey all, it’s been awhile since we last spoke. I’ve got some awesome animations that I’ve been working on, but we’re not able to show all of them yet. I’ve been able to sneak in some new ones, hopefully Lawlta doesn’t see this (Lawlta spoiler:  I did). Here’s what I’ve been up to:

    Professor Proteus’s new assistant is quite a show off. Most of all, he enjoys showing off his (finger) guns and will have a lot of fun following you around to help you out in game. It was a ton of fun putting personality into this little guy, and I hope that he really shines on the battlefields of Etheria.

    “One fish, two fish, red fish, gobu fish.”
    I got to work on some super floppy fish among many other wonderful things this update that I can’t wait to see these in the live game. This animation in particular is something you’ll use to put your enemies in their place. I really cannot wait for you all to see what’s coming!
    Dan Driussi, 3D Character Artist

    . . .- - - . . .To get myself into the pirate mindset I went and got myself shipwrecked while under the influence of scurvy. I currently only have the company of a chatty parrot who thinks he is funny and the ever present rum cache. I created a working computer from coconuts, bamboo, and spare life jackets and was able to make some cool stuff for the next patch. One of my favorites is the island war boar, just shove an apple into its mouth and you have mobile kalua pork just walking towards your defenses ready to be eaten! Just remember to use fire to seal in that BBQ war boar flavor! If you receive this message please send help, the parrot only knows dad jokes and puns . . .- - - . . .!
    What’s Coming?
    There’s so much more coming, and we’ll be having additional Dev Logs in the coming weeks leading to the update itself. Here’s an idea of what you can expect to see:
    Onslaught floors are always one map floors, and how that changes progression.
    Extra rewards as you climb through Onslaught.
    Improvements and changes to Ancient Power.
    Increased party control and functionality.
    NEW ENEMIES, WEAPONS, MAPS, AND MORE!
    To get reliable updates on what’s to come, be sure to check out our social platforms for the latest juiciest beans to be spilled:

    Twitter
    Facebook
    Discord
    Twitch
    The entire team has had a blast making this content, we cannot wait for all of you to get your hands on our next update. Stay tuned for more info soon!
    For Etheria,
    The Dungeon Defenders II Team
  16. [CG] LAWLTA
    Greetings Defenders,
    The cold winds from the west are here, bringing Dungeon Defenders II:  Drakenfrost with them to Steam and PlayStation 4, with Xbox coming later today! We put out a Dev Log showcasing some of the work that’s gone into the update, as well as a Dev Stream debuting some of the goodness coming. In this patch preview, we’ll be talking about those systems a little more in-depth to hold you over until the Update Notes are released. Let’s get to it!
    Drakenfrost Keep

    Drakenfrost Keep has recently been re-discovered by members of the intrepid Etherian Explorer’s Guild. The Explorers were guided to its location by a tattered scroll discovered in the Mages Council Library. The scroll alluded to an ancient sealing ritual used by the early Council to seal away the powerful Generals, commanders of the armies of the Old Ones. The scroll detailed the Keep’s location with cryptic hints about “requiring the ultimate sacrifice” to seal away evil’s essence into “a vessel unlike the Eternia Crystals”.
    This is the newest map to Dungeon Defenders II. Some old school Dungeon Defenders fans will notice a lot of similarities to the Royal Gardens map, but don’t get comfortable, as there is a lot more danger to this map to take on. We’ll touch on this map more overtime, we’re excited to see the different builds that arise to take on the challenges that wait.
    Drakenfrost Keep is available in a new Adventure that includes Drakenfrost Resort (previously known as the Hotspring Map) AND in Expeditions.
    Winterfest is Here

    Head to Town or your Private Tavern to take part in Winterfest! Visiting everyday gives the opportunity to take a present from the giant festive tree located next to the Scavenger in Town, and next to your vault in the Private Tavern. This tree contains one of three gifts:


    Epic Gift
    Contains one of four holiday themed weapons for the Squire, Apprentice, Monk, and Huntress.
    Mythical Gift
    Contains one of four holiday themed weapons for the Squire, Apprentice, Monk, and Huntress.
    One regular Defender Pack
    One random Shard container (1 Shard)
    Legendary Gift
    Contains one of four holiday themed weapons for the Squire, Apprentice, Monk, and Huntress.
    One Mythical Defender Pack
    One random Shard Pack (5 Shards)


    In order to obtain the items, approach the tree and hit the appropriate button that appears to receive your wonderful gift! The weapons that come from these gifts ARE tradeable, and follow the same rules as any other tradeable item (they cannot be traded if they are upgraded in anyway). These items also scale to your champion score up until the Chaos VII 6/10 upgrade level.

    For the season of Winterfest there’s also a pretty amazing sale going on. Inventory bags are going to be 50% off and the Material Vault is ~33% off. The Material Vault now holds 9,999 instead of 999 for each slot, and it also includes both new reroll materials, these changes are applied to currently owned Material Vaults as well. Supplies aren’t limited, but this sale isn’t going to last forever!

    Winterfest is going to be on for quite a while, lasting past December. This gives you plenty of chances to get all four weapons and some nice Shards and Defender packs along the way! Oh, and of course, don’t eat the yellow snow.
    Elemental Combos
    Elemental Combos received a lot of attention in the Drakenfrost Update. We spent a lot of time making all the debuffs in the game more uniform so that they all applied the same effect. For instance, all oils now work the same, previously some slowed certain mobs, some didn’t. Oh also, ALL water damage now drenches, including water mods (both chips and servos)! This is our first phase on improving this system, something a lot of Defenders have asked for a very long time. We’re only able to add this system because of our Diminishing Returns system.
    Diminishing Returns

    This is a new system that we’re adding to the game, something that is a staple in a lot of different types of RPGs. A lot of players really LOVED the Weapon Manufacturer’s Mod “Shocking Revelation”, it brought a really awesome stun and a good chunk of damage with it, and a lot of Defenders immediately set off to get it. Eventually we had to nerf it a little bit to bring it in line with other Mods, but we loved the allure it provided for players.
    If we wanted to do anything further with Mods like this, we needed to implement a system that didn’t make stun crowd controls negate all future content and negate any future Mods/features that weren't a stun with a different color (because anything less would not be as good). Enter Diminishing Returns. This system allows you to crowd control enemies, but after using it back to back the effect loses its strength. After a short while of not being affected by crowd control effects, enemies are able to be crowd controlled again at 100% efficacy. We’re able to buff up blockades during this update as well, and potentially give them even further functionality in additional updates!
    We’re going to be very responsive to feedback on this, but it allows us to do a lot of cool stuff in the future. That means new Mods, any new heroes, and MUCH more we can’t talk about just quite yet can now have a lot of epic moments and crazy amounts of power without worrying about it not being as cool as strong as a 100% stun up time or so strong that it disables every enemy that has existed, currently exists, or will ever exists. This opens up the doors for some amazing things!
    Mod Improvements
    Previously we talked about Mods receiving changes in phases. In Phase I we more than doubled the drop rate of 10/10 Mods, as well as buffing all 6/10, 7/10, 8/10, and 9/10 drop rates. This means that 1/10, 2/10, 3/10, 4/10, and 5/10 Mod drop rates were lowered.
    We promised a Phase II with this update, and we are delivering! Perfect 10/10 Mod drops before the update on average appeared within about 4 hours of active gameplay. We’ve received a lot of great feedback from players enjoying this change. However, it really stinks to be an outlier and it take a very long time to get a 10/10. The first change of Phase II is that it now on average takes about 10 hours of average play to get a GUARANTEED 10/10 Mod. If you play with more players, because you’re seeing more Mods, the amount of time this take drops significantly,  taking almost half of the listed times.
    Mod Rerolls are available in the following areas:
    Expeditions
    Drakenfrost Maps drop 2 Reroll Materials
    Onslaught
    Drakenfrost Maps drop in the following amounts
    Floors 28-35 drop 1 Reroll Material on Drakenfrost Resort
    Floors 35-59 drop 1 Reroll Material on ALL maps, and 2 Reroll Materials on Drakenfrost Resort
    Floors 60+  drop 2 Reroll Materials on ALL maps, and 3 Reroll Materials on Drakenfrost Resort
    We provided ways to farm them outright for the Defender who may want to take it easy in Chaos VII, or while progressing so even as you’re climbing Onslaught you’re able to take part in this new material and are even rewarded for taking on harder challenges.
    Inventory Improvements
    These are things we’ve had in the works for a long time. This portion of the update has A LOT of quality of life improvements that get you out of your inventory faster and into the action. The changes include:
    Auto Sort
    Auto sorting now sorts your bags by actually moving all the items, previously provided a visual update only.
    The sorting goes by item type and Gear Score, but is a big update to the previous system 

    Shard Sorting
    Shard sorting logic has been updated. It now prioritizes the following.
    Sorts by Defense Shards first, and then by Hero shards
    After sorting between the two types, Shards are sorted alphabetically.

    Mod Sorting
    On the “Filter By” tab, the right most tab in the inventory, there is a new icon for Mods. This filters your best Mods first. This makes long play sessions easy and quick to check if there are any of those GLORIOUS 10/10’s just sitting in your bags.
    Numbers on the bottom right correspond to what the highest Mod quality is on the item.
    Numbers are white intentionally to make it easier for colorblind players to see what the number is.

    Mod Inspect
    By holding down Shift, you can now see the highest Mod quality of an item in the bottom right.
    General Changes
    Vicinity Targeting
    This is a new way to interact with players. This allows you to target other players, keep them targeted, and choose to do a variety of things:  invite them to party, inspect their shop, and more interactions when Communities are implemented.
    Material Vault Changes

    We received a bunch of feedback regarding the Material Vault. Previously it allowed you to store 999 of specific materials in each slot. Now you are able to store 9,999 IN EACH SLOT! That’s not all, the Material Vault now also has spots for the Primary Reroll Material and the Mod Reroll Material. So much space for activities!
    Social Menus
    There's been a social menu added next to your abilities and towers on the main HUD. This brings a bunch of quick functionality when interacting with others!
    Enemy Spawning
    We took additional passes at enemies getting stuck in spawn, but also fixed a big issue where enemies were going underground for a while and coming out of the ground later on in their path, bypassing blockades. We’re going to be keeping a vigilant eye on this, so please provide feedback on this if you see anything!
    Console Voice Chat
    We have now provided an option that allows you to disable voice chat in social hubs, Console player rejoice! You can now opt in to hear all the great music choices of your fellow Defenders. And by great, we mean potentially terrible. It’s usually terrible.
    Victory Chests
    Tired of waiting for your legendary loot to come out of that chest as you’re playing with other Defenders and getting so much more? Well that wait has been significantly reduced. When you open the Victory Chest, all your loot comes shooting out all at once. When playing with three other Defenders it looks like a legendary shotgun explosion.
    Oh, and before we forget, if you don’t open your Victory Chest before moving on, all the items inside are sent to your inventory. If your inventory is full, then it goes to the Scavenger. Never miss out on Victory Chest loot again!
    Communities
    This is a feature that we’re also wanting a lot of feedback on. We’re releasing it initially on Steam, almost as a beta test of the feature. It’s a system that allows up to 30 people to be in a structured group, and you can be in 5 Communities at a time. These groups can talk to each other regardless of where you are using the chat system, invite one another to groups, and more. We’re wanting to build even more off this system, but it’s something you’ll have to get your hands on and see.
    Communities are coming later in this patch after we've given it a little more polish.
    Balance Changes
    Abyss Lord
    Towers
    Colossus
    Health scaling increased to 600, was previously 430.
    Skeletal Orc
    DU cost lowered to 35, was previously 40.
    Apprentice
    Towers
    Arcane Barrier
    No longer allows enemies to pass through it while exploding.
    Shards
    Frost Power
    Defense Power scaling changed to (9 + 1 per level) from (10 + 2 per level). Max gilded is now 33%, previously was 58%
    Dryad
    Towers
    World Tree
    DU Cost lowered to 25, was previously 30.
    Lavamancer
    Towers
    Maw of the Earthdrake
    Defense Unit costs reduced to 50 DU, previously was 60 DU.
    Defense Health Scaling increased to 300, previously was 200.
    Fissure of Embermount
    Adjusted overlap to match that of similar towers (Flame Aura, Weapon Manufacturer, etc.)
    Mystic
    Towers
    Viper’s Fang
    Upgrading the Viper’s Fang now allows you to bubble up to 5 enemies.
    Squire
    Towers
    Training Dummy
    DU Cost lowered to 25, was previously 30.
    Bug Fixes
    Fixed an issue where the first bag in an inventory would visually not load.
    Fixed an issue when selling items that other items would be put in their place.
    Fixed an issue with Dryad’s Angry Nimbus that caused it to target enemies within the spawner.
    Fixed an issue with Dryad’s Hornet’s Nest not dealing elemental damage when using an elemental mod.
    Fixed a VFX issue when killing Betsy while she was breathing fire.
    Fixed a variety of DPS tooltip calculations
    Fixed an issue where Floor 40 Onslaught flairs were labeled with the wrong floor to attain them.
    Fixed an issue where Replay From Wave refunded Level 1 Tower mana if they were upgraded.
    Fixed an issue with gamepad focus moving when buying the last item from a shop.
    Fixed focus issues with Pet Stat reroll UI for gamepad.
    Fixed an issue with the Initiate, Gunwitch, and Huntress’s stat changes via various Ascension talents.
    Fixed an issue with Favorable Winds mod proccing off any kills, not just primary attack kills.
    Fixed an issue with the amount of XP given from Drakenfrost Resort in Expeditions.
    Fixed an issue with the Dark Arts Arcane Barrier not displaying properly.
    Adjusted tool tips for items on the ground when using 4K settings.
    Fixed an issue on Xbox where Defenders would get stuck on the main menu.
    Adjusted the Vanguard’s collision so that it better matches his shield.
    Fixed an issue in Assault on the Throne Room where destroyed subcores would not spawn enemies.
    Fixed an issue with Ancient Life Steal only healing for 5% when at 5+ points.
    Adjusted the difficulty of Forest Crossroads and Wyvern Den.
    Fixed an issue with UI layering issues when purchasing or creating a hero.
    Forest Ambush now has less amount of kobolds blowing up your lanes.’
    Fixed an issue with the My Deck button going gray after deleting a hero.
    Betsy’s overall damage reduced.
    All Adventures difficulty lowered across the board.
    Fixed a visual issue with the Harpy’s blinking animation
    Fixed an issue where EV2’s Buffer Chip worked on other heroes.
    Known Issues
    If chat is gray, deleting your ini will fix it and give you colors.
    Keybindings were reset with this update because of Communities being added.
    On PlayStation 4, when in-game and quitting to the main menu, you may run into issues logging back in. Just restart the game and you should get back in.
    The following Elemental Effects' durations are not working the correct length: Onsen Bath, Maelstrom, Water Chip/Servo, Freezing Rain, and Drenching Strikes.
    DPS Tooltip for Hornet's Nest is showing debug stats (get it, because they're bugs).
    What’s Next?
    There’s a lot we’re experimenting with in this update to make the future of Dungeon Defenders II as great as possible. We’re welcoming all the feedback that you can provide on it, but of course make sure it’s constructive, it’s the best way to ensure we can make the best changes as fast as possible.
    Social Defenders
    To get reliable updates on what’s to come, be sure to check out our social platforms for the latest juiciest beans to be spilled:
    Twitter
    Facebook
    Discord
    Twitch
    The entire team has had a blast making this content, we cannot wait for all of you to get your hands on our next update. Stay tuned for more info soon!
    For Etheria!
    The Dungeon Defenders II Team
  17. [CG] LAWLTA
    Greetings Defenders,
    The cold winds from the west are upon us, bringing Dungeon Defenders II:  Drakenfrost with them! We put out a Dev Log showcasing some of the work that’s gone into the update, as well as a Dev Stream debuting some of the goodness coming. In this patch preview, we’ll be talking about those systems a little more in-depth to hold you over until the Update Notes are released. Let’s get to it!
    Drakenfrost Keep

    This is the newest map to Dungeon Defenders II. Some old school Dungeon Defenders fans will notice a lot of similarities to the Royal Gardens map, but don’t get comfortable, as there is a lot more danger to this map to take on. We’ll touch on this map more overtime, we’re excited to see the different builds that arise to take on the challenges that wait.
    Elemental Combos
    Speaking of different builds, Elemental Combos received a lot of attention in the Drakenfrost Update. We spent a lot of time making all the debuffs in the game more uniform so that they all applied the same effect. For instance, all oils now work the same, previously some slowed certain mobs, some didn’t. Oh also, ALL water damage now drenches, including water mods (both chips and servos). This is our first phase on improving this system, something a lot of Defenders have asked for a very long time. We’re only able to add this system because of our Diminishing Returns system.
    Diminishing Returns

    This is a new system that we’re adding to the game, something that is a staple in a lot of different types of RPGs. A lot of players really LOVED the Weapon Manufacturer’s Mod “Shocking Revelation”, it brought a really awesome stun and a good chunk of damage with it, and a lot of Defenders immediately set off to get it. Eventually we had to nerf it a little bit to bring it in line with other Mods, but we loved the allure it provided for players.
    If we wanted to do anything further with Mods like this, we needed to implement a system that didn’t make stun crowd controls negate all future content and negate any future Mods/features that weren't a stun with a different color (because anything less would not be as good). Enter Diminishing Returns. This system allows you to crowd control enemies, but after using it back to back the effect loses its strength. After a short while of not being affected by crowd control effects, enemies are able to be crowd controlled again at 100% efficacy. We’re able to buff up blockades during this update as well, and potentially give them even further functionality in additional updates!
    We’re going to be very responsive to feedback on this, but it allows us to do a lot of cool stuff in the future. That means new Mods, any new heroes, and MUCH more we can’t talk about just quite yet can now have a lot of epic moments and crazy amounts of power without worrying about it not being as cool as strong as a 100% stun up time or so strong that it disables every enemy that has existed, currently exists, or will ever exists. This opens up the doors for some amazing things!
    Communities
    This is a feature that we’re also wanting a lot of feedback on. We’re releasing it initially on Steam, almost as a beta test of the feature. It’s a system that allows up to 30 people to be in a structured group, and you can be in 5 Communities at a time. These groups can talk to each other regardless of where you are using the chat system, invite one another to groups, and more. We’re wanting to build even more off this system, but it’s something you’ll have to get your hands on and see.
    Communities are coming later in this patch after we've given it a little more polish.
    Inventory Improvements
    These are things we’ve had in the works for a long time. This portion of the update has A LOT of quality of life improvements that get you out of your inventory faster and into the action. Sorting improvements, identifying perfect mods, and more are coming. There’s more information coming with tomorrow’s update!
    What’s Next?
    There’s a lot we’re experimenting with in this update to make the future of Dungeon Defenders II as great as possible. We’re welcoming all the feedback that you can provide on it, but of course make sure it’s constructive, it’s the best way to ensure we can make the best changes as fast as possible. The update is live tomorrow, so start a fire, things are about to get cold!
    Social Defenders
    To get reliable updates on what’s to come, be sure to check out our social platforms for the latest juiciest beans to be spilled:
    Twitter
    Facebook
    Discord
    Twitch
    The entire team has had a blast making this content, we cannot wait for all of you to get your hands on our next update. Stay tuned for more info soon!
    For Etheria!
    The Dungeon Defenders II Team
  18. [CG] LAWLTA
    Greetings Defenders,
    We're excited to finally be announcing the release date for Dungeon Defenders II:  The Isle of Dread Expansion! Originally it was going to be announced during our Dev Stream, but when have pirates ever followed the rules?! The release dates are:
    Sept 25th on PlayStation 4 Sept 26th on Steam and Xbox One Dev Stream 85 is happening tomorrow, September 21st at 3PM EDT, is going to show off more of what's to come. We cannot wait for you to get this update into your hands and hooks!
    For Etheria!
    The Dungeon Defenders II Team
  19. [CG] LAWLTA
    Greetings Defenders,

    It is time to finally announce the next expansion coming to Etheria — Dungeon Defenders II:  Protean Shift! We’ve released information regarding this expansion and are ready to give a preview as to almost everything you can expect. The entire team has and still is working very hard to make sure this is a great experience for Defenders new and old. We’re going to cover some information posted in our DevLogs, as well as some new information, and how it all ties together. Let’s get to it!
    Statistic Changes
    This is our most foundational change in the update. When Protean Shift launches, you’ll notice that your gear’s stats looks much different than before. Our first change is making the damage from critical strikes scale off of the base damage for both your heroes and your towers. Critical Damage is no longer going to be a secondary stat, but is going to be a percentage increase that you can gain through Gear, Shards, and Ascension Levels. Because of the change to Critical Damage, the Critical Chance cap of 33% has been removed — the sky’s the limit now!
    One of the goals of the Critical Damage change is to make damage more reliable. Critical Damage builds are still fun, but other playstyles should feel just as rewarding. Every hero and tower’s base damage has been increased to account for the changes made, making damage more consistent and allowing for even more unique builds!
    Since we are changing how Critical Damage is understood, we decided to tackle another confusing area for players:  Defense Speed. This stat is now a percentage instead of being numbers that go into the thousands. The change here allows players to understand exactly how much faster their defenses attack rate will increase.
    Gear
    This expansion really provides the opportunity to build how you want to, and gear is a huge reason. We wanted gear to feel more unique, instead of just giving you every stat whenever you received a legendary tier of gear. Now your gear and choices can reflect the kind of Defender you want to be.
    Gear now has a primary stat and a secondary stat. For heroes, the stats vary depending on the piece of gear. On helmets, gloves, chest, and boots, the primary stat is Armor, and the secondary stat pulls from Health, Ability Power, or Hero Damage. On weapons, the primary stat is Hero Damage and the secondary stat can be Armor, Health, or Ability Power. As a reminder, base hero damage for their attacks and abilities was buffed to make sure your heroes feel comparably as powerful after Protean Shift releases compared to how powerful they currently are.
    For towers, it varies as well. On totems, Defense Health is the primary stat and Defense Power is the secondary stat. Inversely on Medallions, Marks, and Orbs (if you still have any), Defense Power is the primary stat and Defense Health is the secondary stat. An additional reminder, we increased defenses base stats to try and retain the power your defenses currently possess. This leads us to M.O.D.S.
    M.O.D.S.


    Professor Proteus applied his inventive intellect to all of the gear in Etheria! Magically Offense/Defensive Subroutines (M.O.D.S. or even simpler — Mods) are what allow you to make your gear your own! Mods can do everything from normal stat increases (Defense Speed, Critical Damage, Critical Chance) to less normal bonuses like stun immunity on Defenses. They even offer new ways to combat your foes! Want to:
    Have towers immune to Hex Thrower curses? You can do that.
    Pierce a Shield Geodes shield? You can do that.
    Make your traps, auras, and nodes, immune to Cyborks?! You can do that!
    Mods are an additional property on gear, similar to Shards. Mods compliment Shards and also unlock in a similar fashion, based on the quality of gear, and start appearing on Uncommon quality gear:
    Uncommon:  1 Mod slot
    Epic:                2 Mod slots
    Mythical:        2 Mod slots
    Legendary:    3 Mod slots
    This means that a Legendary piece of gear now has two stats, three Mods, and empowers three Shard slots, making them truly Legendary. This is just the tip of the iceberg! Over 120 Mods are here to give you the chance to defend Etheria the way you want to. Some of these Mods are the result of community feedback as a unique and engaging way of tackling challenges set before you, the Defenders of Etheria.
    TINKERING

    Mods are something Professor Proteus added to gear, and what good would Mods be if you couldn’t modify them? That’s where Tinkering comes into the mix! Tinkering is the ability to move up to three Mods at a time from one piece of gear to another piece of the same type and Chaos tier or higher. This means that Mods on Chaos VII weapons can only be moved to another Chaos VII weapon, from one Chaos III helmet to another Chaos III (or higher) helmet, and so on. Once you transfer Mods from one piece of gear to another, the original piece is destroyed in the process.
    Tinkering allows you to continuously mix and match your Mods to create the build you enjoy the most. The amount of customization that Tinkering offers truly lets you play how you want. It doesn’t stop there. When combined with our new Upgrading and Evolving features, even more choices await you, even potentially choosing the look of the weapon you want!
    UPGRADING, ADVANCING, AND EVOLVING
    Upgrading
    Upgrading is a feature that many of you are well acquainted with, it’s the best way to squeeze extra power out of your gear. But this is Protean Shift, so it’s time to UPGRADE THE UPGRADE! You no longer max upgrade a piece of gear and wait for another piece of gear that’s a higher quality and/or Chaos tier to replace it. You can take that gear, and through the genius of Prof. Proteus, Advance that gear to the next tier!



    Advancing
    Have an Uncommon piece of gear with the stats you want early on? You can now upgrade that piece to its max level and once it’s maxed, you can Advance that piece of gear into Epic quality. The same can be done to go from Epic to Mythical, and from Mythical to Legendary. This isn’t the only form of improving your gear, which is where Evolving comes in!



    Evolving
    Evolving is icing on the gear permanence cake. Regardless of a piece of gear’s quality tier, you can choose to Evolve it to bring it through the various Chaos levels. With Evolving you can now choose to push a sword that you found in Chaos II all the way up to Chaos VII, and beyond!


    Upgrading, Advancing, and Evolving applies to every piece of gear that drops — weapons, armor, and relics!
    ADVENTURES AND EXPEDITIONS
    Adventures
    We’re adding in additional ways for both new and veteran Defenders to play! The Campaign is now different than many of you experienced in the past. After completing the Campaign, Defenders can now take on Adventures! These let you choose specific side stories to progress and prepare for the challenges that await you in Expeditions, Onslaught, Mastery, and Incursions provide.
    Expeditions
    Map choice, map choice, MAP CHOICE! Something many have wanted is now here. The Chaos Trials are finished, and Defenders can now go on Expeditions throughout various Chaos difficulties. Do you have one favorite map to play, and just want to play that one as you progress through different Chaos difficulties? Now you can!
    Expeditions also provide the ability to acquire different materials needed for new systems being added, such as Evolving and Tinkering. Different types of maps drop different specific materials as you play through a map and as you complete them. You can choose to farm for a specific material on a specific map, or play random maps that offer more materials. These materials are earned as you play a map and when victory is yours!
    SHARDS
    Shard Dusting
    Shards are a great way to really increase the power of the heroes you play. Some players enjoy playing only a few select hero, so it can be a real bummer if you get Shards for heroes that don’t fit your play style. Now you can take any unwanted shards and break them down into dust through Shard Dusting. You can take the Shard Dust from unwanted shards and trade them in for Chaos equivalent Shard Packs to have another try at getting the shard you want. You can use this process to help work towards getting the shards.
    Gilded Shards
    All our gear is getting the ability to be pushed past its limits, so it’s only fitting that Shards get the ability to as well. When you Gild Shards, you combine Shards of the same kind to unlock additional upgrade levels. This is a focus for end-game players to grab additional power in order to take on the challenges that Onslaught, and also protect their shards from being reset when attaining Ancient Power!
    New Weapons!
    Professor Proteus is a man of intellect, sophistication, and style. In Protean Shift every hero is receiving their own special weapons, with their own special appearances! Some of these weapons not only look legendary, but contain legendary power in the form of unique Mods. These Mods are found on the Prestigious weapons gained from attaining Ancient Power, though that’s not the only way to get them!


    Player Shops and Markets
    In Protean Shift, gear is no longer magically locked to each Hero Deck.  Professor Proteus has slightly alleviated the restrictions that existed previously.
    All Defenders will be able to list their items for sale on their own personal Player Shops.  Most items that have not been altered in some way (think Upgraded/Evolved/etc.) will be available to post on your shop!  You will be able to browse all the Player Shops from the Player List on the Pause Menu. Feel free to shop to your heart's content!


    In addition to creating your own Shop, you’ll be able to enter the new Markets.  From the War Table, you can browse lists of open Markets and choose which to join.  Markets are themed for the various types of items that can be sold, but you can still freely sell any item of your choice while you’re there.  If you don’t see a Market of the item type that you’re looking for, you can always just Quickmatch and it will automatically create one for you!

    The Final Bean
    We’ve been spilling the beans for a while now, and there’s one last bean that we have to spill — the release date. Dungeon Defenders II:  Protean Shift is releasing on June 19th on PlayStation 4, Steam, and Xbox One! This release is very close to one year since we’ve released, and there’s more to come.
    Want More Info On Dungeon Defenders II?
    Check us out on social media for additional updates and game discussions with our awesome community:
    Twitter
    Facebook
    Discord
    Twitch
    We’ve got one more Devstream to show off more stuff coming with Dungeon Defenders II:  Protean Shift. Thank you for defending Etheria with us, there’s only more to come. Stay tuned!
    For Etheria!
    The Dungeon Defenders II Team
  20. [CG] LAWLTA
    DEFENDERS,
    Beta has been out for a few weeks now, and what a ride it has been! As a studio, it is incredibly exhilarating to have a ton of the hard work that we’ve been hammering away at as a studio out into the wild. Between watching streams and youtube videos; discussions on the forums, Twitter, Facebook, Steam, and Discord; the plethora of feedback that’s been provided; and just playing the games ourselves with friends and family, it’s been an incredibly awesome experience. So let’s start with Beta in general!
    Beta, What is it Good For — Absolutely A Lot
    Our Beta launch was something that we were incredibly happy with. When putting something as complex as a game out into the wild has developers putting on a helmet, and strapping down everything, for the potential chaos that can come with a Beta that just aren’t able to be tested in an internal environment. We launched with relatively low issues: gameplay was working at a very high degree with little bug issues; crashes were low and easy to identify; lanes performed with little issues, and our testers computers didn’t burst into flames (that was a super huge one). We were able to address crashes and tweak some things to improve the Beta experience pretty quickly, releasing four patches in a very short amount of time — SIX DAYS!
    Betas over time have taken a turn in the industry to have a large range in what that actually entail. Our version of Beta was the original approach, that is getting a functional build that is very representative of the final experience regarding the core gameplay loot: build, defend, fight, and get sweet loot. A lot of things performed correctly, and the gameplay, for a Beta, could not have been better for us! That said, we have received a lot of the feedback, and are still parsing through a lot of it. Things like UI art, character visuals/faces, Survival scaling, hero and tower balance, and more are on our radar. There’s a lot of feedback that we’re getting that was anticipated, so we’ve had plans to address these things for the most part. We received a ton of feedback regarding UI visuals, and we are going to be making sure to give it that Dungeon Defenders feel. What was in the Beta was focused on functionality, to ensure we didn’t waste any work making art that could lead to wasted work. Needless to say, there’s a lot of improvements that we’re going to be making, and your feedback has been incredibly helpful to validate our plans moving forward!

    Pre-order and Backing
    We’ve had multiple ways that Defenders have been able to get Dungeon Defenders: Awakened. Starting with Kickstarter, which then transferred to BackerKit, and finally ending on our current store. There were bumps along the way, many we are still sorting through (note: if you preordered through Kickstarter and BackerKit, with any issues, please reach out to preorder@chromatic.games, DO NOT if you purchased through our current store, that should be done through support@xsolla.com). These three phases were part of our total plan, but the bumps were a very large learning process and we are working diligently to make sure we provide everything we can to our supporters.
    One of the things that we’re going to be doing is sending out beta keys to our BackerKit supporters who purchased the $25 copy of the game. The store outlined what was included, but there was some confusing messaging going out about the BackerKit store. Our higher paying backers have had access to the Beta for a while, giving them exclusive access, and now we want to open it up to show our appreciation for your support, and also to make up for any confusing messaging that may have been sent.
    We’re also offering more rewards through our newest storefront. We don’t want to exclude people who backed early from these rewards, so we’re going to be doing our best to be as inclusive as possible:
    First, anyone who purchased through BackerKit will be moved over to our current storefront in the coming weeks. We'll let you know when this change is made. This means that you’ll get what’s at the $40 tier, but also have the option to upgrade to a higher tier if you want to, instead of having to purchase an entirely new copy.
      Second, anyone who backed on Kickstarter at or above the purchase tiers on the new storefront will receive the rewards included in the new packs. For example, did you purchase the $75 tier on Kickstarter? You’ll receive everything included in the Prestigious pack, the costumes, titles, everything! Our goal is to make sure that when you’re purchasing Dungeon Defenders: Awakened, you feel good about the purchase, and that you’re getting awesome rewards with an awesome game. You guys help make the game, and we want to make sure you know you’re valued.

    Beta Late Than Neva
    We’re sorry for that pun. It’s terrible, but it had to be said. With preordering and getting beta keys, the vast majority got out, but there were some keys that weren’t properly transferred over, surveys were submitted late, etc., that lead to people not receiving their keys on time. One thing we’re going to do is extend the Beta into January. Here’s why:
    You have provided a ton of feedback and we want to increase the window so that every nook and cranny is covered. We want Dungeon Defenders: Awakened to be the best game it can be, and a lot of the feedback you’ve provided has been instrumental in making sure that’s the destination we reach.
      We’re opening the beta to the $25 purchases, and some people didn’t receive their keys on time, or are still in process (please reach out to preorder@chromatic.games if you haven’t already), we want to make sure that players have enough time to experience the beta and provide their feedback. These two reasons alone make it very important for us to keep with our goals of being inclusive to all Defenders, and making the best game possible. We want and encourage you to continue to provide feedback. Maybe later this month, there maybe an update, maybe that expands on some stuff, and maybe fixes some issues you've reported, maybe probably maybe. As for January, we’re currently discussing adding more for players to experience, with there being a reflection of change via the feedback all of you have provided.

    MORE FEEDBACK
    Another thing that should be in your inboxes in the coming week is a survey to those who have taken part of the Beta. While digging through all the feedback you’ve provided, we also want to get general sentiments and feedback about as many facets of the game as possible. To that end, to make sure we’re doing the best we can, we’re going to send out a curated survey for our Beta players. By completing the entire survey, we’ll be drawing 10 WINNERS to receive our Prestigious pack, giving you another copy to use for another platform, give to a friend to join you on your adventures in Etheria, or whatever you want!

    New Stuff
    Dungeon Defenders: Awakened isn’t just some simple port or remake. We’re adding a lot of content, and have some big plans for future content. People have seen some of the new rewards from the Beta, but we wanted to give you a quick sneak peek at some of the awesome weapons and pets that are coming your way:
    New Weapons — Tech Rewards

    With new rewards coming in, we want them to feel awesome. We also want them to feel awesome for ALL heroes. This is the Squire’s sword that you’ll be able to hunt down, alongside getting weapons for the Huntress, Apprentice, and Monk that are part of the future tech-based set.
    New Pets

    We have familiar pets coming back that many Defenders love, but we also have new pets to be earned. Currently called the Etherial Ancient, they are just one of the new pets that’ll help boost your character and pack a punch when fighting enemies.
     
    FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
    We've added an FAQ section to help address questions for current and returning Defenders. We'll be updating this overtime as more questions come in!
     
    What’s Next?
    We’re going to keep polishing systems and working. There’s a ton of feedback we’re actively working through, and are going to keep up to really make the game for our GLORIOUS Defenders. Keep throwing feedback our way, and know that even if you don’t get a response, it has been seen and that we’ll do our best to address it.
    When it comes to communication, as we’ve acknowledged, have not been the best. We’re working on a few initiatives internally to help bridge the gap between our community and development. We’ve also been working through bringing on a full-time Community Manager, working with some fantastic candidates. Current plans have our new Community Manager joining Chromatic Games in January, and we can’t wait for you to meet her!
    Chromatic Games is going to continue to work on doing things to the best of our ability. There have been bumps along the way, and while they can be frustrating, we want to thank you for sticking through it with us, as we grow into this new studio and are able to make awesome games for YOU! <3

    Social Defenders
    To get reliable updates on what’s to come, be sure to check out our social platforms for the latest juiciest beans to be spilled:
    Twitter
    Facebook
    Discord
    Twitch
    The entire team thanks you for trying to destroy the Beta. We’re grateful for all the tremendous feedback we’ve received so far (and more to come), and want to thank you for joining us on this journey!
    For Etheria!
    Chromatic Games
     
  21. [CG] LAWLTA
    DEFENDERS,
    It’s time. It’s FINALLY time. Oh good golly gosh, it’s finally time… BETA IS HERE! Today we launched the Beta, getting Dungeon Defenders: Awakened into the hands of Etheria’s brave Defenders. There’s so much to cover, that we’re not going to cover it all. We want you to discover all the beta has to offer on your own. Let’s get into it!
     


    Beta Release
    The current Beta is available to our Kickstarter Backers first. This is a promise that we made during our Kickstarter, and are going to make sure to uphold. Kickstarter Backers currently have advanced Beta access. On Friday, November 22nd, we are going to open up the Beta to everyone who has purchased the $40+ preorder packages.
    Beta is currently scheduled to run for roughly three weeks! Starting on November 22nd and ending on 13th, this gives us a great window to gather feedback and be able to make necessary changes before launching in February.
    Progress and data from the Beta does NOT carry over to the release of the game. Beta is used as a testing ground to make sure that the game is in the best possible state. Keeping data from Beta (ha, it rhymes) can cause major issues when updating to the release version.
    If you did not receive a Beta key, and are a Kickstarter Backer, make sure you have filled out the surveys that were sent to your registered Kickstarter E-mails from "Backerkit". If that survey is not filled out, then the Beta key is not sent.
    All pre-order and Kickstarter Backer keys have been sent out. If you are missing keys, please write to preorder@chromatic.games, using the e-mail you used for Kickstarter and/or BackerKit.
    Remaining pre-orders will be handled through our new store located here. If you run into any issues getting a key ordering from this store, contact support the new support here (suppot@xsolla.com) or using the link on the receipt of your purchase.
    Streaming and Content Creation
    During the Beta, you are free to stream, make videos, or whatever content you want. We want Defenders to enjoy and share as much as they want when it comes to Dungeon Defenders: Awakened!
     
    What’s Missing?
    There’s a lot to cover what’s in a game. Patch notes usually say what’s new, but with so much of the game being new, we’re going to let you explore the game. Instead, we're going to outline what may not be in the Beta that we are currently polishing and iterating on to get in for release (we may be missing some things from this list as well):
    Tactical Map
    This is currently in a functional state. We’re going to be updating the map images, and make sure it’s a lot prettier come release.
    Challenge Maps
    We’re currently wanting to make sure that balance feels good across the map in general. Challenge Maps are coming your way on release!
    Maps
    There are a total of 15 maps in Dungeon Defenders: Awakened. Not included in the Beta is Act II, Act III, and the Bonus Maps. Act I is the big focus for our beta test, helping us set the foundation so the rest of the maps bring the right amount of challenge.
    Difficulty
    Nightmare and Massacre are not going to be included in the Beta. We don’t want people beating all the hardest content during testing. Gotta have something scary hard for you to master on release!
    Enemies
    With Nightmare not in the beta, Sharken, Djinn, Spiders, and Goblin Copter will not be spawning in a lane near you.
    Weapons
    All of our weapons are not in the game. We have a pool of roughly 5 different weapons per hero to simulate the amount of weapons you would see during your playthrough of Act I on release. Weapon random colorization is also not reflected in the beta build, but will be implemented for release.
    HUD
    We’re going to be adding various improvements to the HUD. Currently we have it setup for beta to be functional. There’s a ton of work that we’ve done not in the Beta, but expect improvements on launch.
    Armor
    Currently we have placeholder armor models in. The final models are currently getting a last pass and will be sparkling and shining on release.
    Set Bonuses
    Set bonuses are working but may not currently be showing up correctly.
    Split Screen
    We’re testing base functionality currently, so split screen is not available during the Beta.
    Spawn Immunity
    Enemies are immune up until a certain point in spawn doors. Indicators are not included in Beta, but will be here on release.
    Social
    We’re wanting to make sure that getting your friends into a match is as easy as possible, give hosts control over their sessions, and showing who’s in your party. These are currently not in the beta, and can be expected on release.
    Hardcore
    Currently not in Beta, coming on release. 
    Twitch Integration
    Currently being developed, it will not be in the Beta.
    Game Modes
    In the Beta we have Campaign and Survival. Other game modes are coming on release.

    Pets
    There are a total of four pets that are available during the Beta. On release, there will be much more!

    Elemental Weapons
    Some weapon elemental affinity visuals may be disabled, as we’re making sure performance comes first. Your weapons will be shooting flames and electricity during release.
    Kickstarter Rewards
    Kickstarter rewards, such as exclusive skins and portraits, are not available during the beta.

    Currency
    Mana from the original Dungeon Defenders is being split into three different categories. Currently in the game is ability and defense mana. Ability mana regenertaes over time, and Defense mana is gained from defeating enemies and completing waves. Currency in the form of gold is what will persist outside of maps, being used for trading between players and upgrading items.

    Trading
    Trading is currently not enabled during the Beta.

    Upgrading
    With currency not in the Beta version, you are unable to upgrade items.

    Boss Fights
    Boss fights are coming with release. These are big epic moments that we want to make sure are special for release.

    Cross Saves
    The beta is only available on PC, so Cross Save functionality is not part of the beta.

    Tavern
    Currently you are unable to build defenses in the Tavern. As such, there are not any training dummies for you to beat up.

    Defender Forge
    We’re testing for functionality currently with our Inventory and Hero Deck systems. The Defender Forge makes its glorious arrival on launch.
    New User Experience
    This is something we’ve spent quite a bit of time on, and are going to refine. It is important for new Defenders to understand how to protect the world of Etheria, but it will be available on release.

    Tower Inspection
    A step up from what was offered in Dungeon Defenders II, tower inspection shows you the most pertinent information for your currently placed tower. This is currently disabled, and will be available at release.

    Tower View
    Another feature brought over from Dungeon Defenders II, where you are able to hold a button/key and see what the range of your defenses are. This is currently disabled, and will be available at release.

    Gamepad Support
    This is disabled for the Beta currently. We’re actively polishing the gamepad experience and did not want to provide it in an unpolished state.

    Hero Customization
    During the beta, the heroes will not be able to be customized in regards to color changing and costumes.

    Auto Equip
    This is a feature we are providing for Defenders who don’t understand the item system right away. This will come during release.

    Level Requirements
    During beta, there are no level requirements for gear. What you get is what you can use. Since we’re not having trading, we wanted to make sure getting gear was as fun as possible for testing.
    Mana Chests
    Mana chests are gone-gone-gone. Keep an eye out for end-of-wave loot chests.
    Options Menu
    The options menu is currently in a beta state and does not reflect every option that will be available upon full release.
    Cinematics
    The in-game cinematics are not part of the Beta.
    Known Issues
    A lot. It's beta, so there's a ton we're still working on. Music not playing correctly, audio playing from different parts of the map instead of where you are, UIs not working properly. There's a ton, but we're knocking them out super quick. Be sure to leave feedback in the DD:A Beta Discussion Forum.
    Next Steps
    We’re going to be monitoring gameplay and feedback that all of you provide. While polishing and finishing remaining systems for our February launch, we’re also going to be scouring feedback to make sure that we get the game into the best state possible. Nothing in the Beta is guaranteed to be final, and is going to be scrutinized heavily.
    From now until release, we’re going to keep churning away to make sure DD:A is the best it can be!
    Social Defenders
    To get reliable updates on what’s to come, be sure to check out our social platforms for the latest juiciest beans to be spilled:
    Twitter
    Facebook
    Discord
    Twitch
    The entire team cannot wait to see you tear apart the Beta. We’re excited for release in February and thank you for joining us on this journey!
    For Etheria!
    Chromatic Games
  22. [CG] LAWLTA
    DEFENDERS!
    With our Kickstarter now over, we wanted to make sure that we provided a way for people who were unable to back, or unaware of the Kickstarter, to get in on early savings and some sweet swag!
    Click here to check out the Pre-order Store, and get in while the gettin's good. One of the most awesome advantages is the LIMITED Awakened bundle that includes:
    Beta Access Dungeon Defenders 2012 Collection Dungeon Defenders: Awakened Digital Soundtrack Digital Strategy Guide Digital Artbook You can also get some cool swag, like a Dungeon Defenders: Awakened T-Shirt or Dungeon Defenders: Awakened Joy-con Vinyl Covers! All purchases go towards supporting the development of Dungeon Defenders: Awakened, helping us ensure we put out the best product possible. <3 
    SOCIAL DEFENDERS
    To get reliable updates on what’s to come, be sure to check out our social platforms for the latest juiciest beans to be spilled:
    Twitter Facebook Discord Twitch For Etheria!
    Chromatic Games
  23. [CG] LAWLTA
    DEFENDERS,

    Now that we’re a week out from our PAX return, we’re ready to share a lot of information about Dungeon Defenders: Awakened and what you can expect. There’s a lot to talk about, and based off the title of STEAM EARLY ACCESS, you probably already have a ton of questions. Let’s get into it!

    Steam Early Access
    Dungeon Defenders: Awakened is going to be available for Steam Early Access on February 21, 2020 (just in case you thought it was February 2021). This is something we’re incredibly excited for and hope that you are too! There’s a lot of reasoning that went into this, so we’re going to break it down because we want to be as transparent as possible to you, our GLORIOUS Defenders.

    We previously mentioned that we would be avoiding Early Access, but we feel this is the best route to deliver on our promise that we’re working very hard, while being able to also deliver something tangible to you by the extended deadline we provided. Our continued goal is to be as transparent as possible and have our fans tied to our development for years to come.

    Feedback
    We received A LOT of feedback. We put out a survey to our testers at the end of last year/early this year, and the turnout was insane. The thousands of results outlined what all of you thought about our game. In fact, for how rough the Beta was, we were ecstatic by the results:


     
    In total, it’s less than 10% of the most diehard hardcore Dungeon Defenders fans were not happy with the Beta. In terms of testing a game… that’s a home run! We knew that we were doing a lot of things good, but based on the feedback provided, we know we can do better than good and produce great work.
    The feedback outlined a lot of what people enjoyed about the game so far, and also some of the holes we had to fill. We went through and outlined everything we could make better based off the feedback from the survey, forums, and feedback provided through zendesk. It was a lot, and we’re not devs who shy away from a lot of hard work. Some of the feedback we’ve received made it into the PAX build and had an incredibly positive reception, showing that our approach to focusing on pushing from good to great is the best approach for not only us as a studio, but to all of our incredibly loyal community.

    Studio Work
    We’ve been working at a pretty high capacity to make sure things get out on time. We could have made a February launch for both PC and Nintendo Switch, but based on the feedback we received, it would have felt like 80~90% of the game you expected. This created a lot of internal conflict, because the people who work here at Chromatic are incredibly talented individuals who have done such a great job in such a short amount of time (we’re coming up on only 1 year of development), and we hold ourselves to a higher standard because 100% of what’s in the game is a reflection of our work.

    When we received the feedback, we knew that if we weren’t feeling the game was at 100%, then we couldn’t be dishonest and release it saying it was 100% ready. We want gameplay to feel polished and smooth, we want everything to look amazing and crisp, we want the systems to be seamless for people to use, and we want it to be a Dungeon Defenders game that our players are proud to support for years to come. Our goal is to be as transparent as possible, which leads us into what our Early Access schedule looks like.

    Why Early Access?
    Going into Early Access on Steam allows us to get where the game is at into the hands of our players on PC. By doing so, we’re able to iterate quickly, getting Dungeon Defenders: Awakened into that 100% state as soon as possible. We are still going to be honoring our Nintendo Switch exclusive deal with Nintendo, with our PlayStation 4 and Xbox One releases coming in Q3 2020.
    That said, this Early Access is not going to be like other games, or like Dungeon Defenders II. The Early Access period is going to be incredibly short, because we’re really spending this time to polish up the game and meet your expectations. Dungeon Defenders: Awakened is going to be fully released during Q2 on PC and Nintendo Switch. We want Early Access to be as short as possible so that we can get Dungeon Defenders: Awakened out to all of you as the best version of the game.
    A lot of the polish we’re doing is to systems and gameplay, those are a bit harder to show off or discuss, but they encompass enemies spawning, how much loot drops, what kind of loot drops, enemy difficulty, enemy AI, and more across the entirety of the game. 
    One of the things we can show is the visual changes to some portions of our feedback. One thing that was shown off at PAX (and is still being iterated on) was the changes to the HUD:


    The feedback from the survey was overwhelmingly positive:



    That’s 4.5% that were dissatisfied, which when it comes to feedback, it's a slam dunk equivalent to (Space Jam spoiler alert) Michael Jordan slam dunking with his long arm at the end of Space Jam on the Monstars to score the two points needed to save the world: 

    As a result, we’re going to continue to use this time to polish up UIs in a similar fashion to how the HUD was polished. We’re excited to get these updates out to you in Early Access, and will be continuing iteration through Early Access based on feedback. As we speak, the UI has received even more polish than what’s shown here.
    Another change that we made was to the Huntress and Monk. We had seen through written feedback that people were not happy with their visuals, so we made some changes and presented them in the survey. People were happy with the direction we were going, but weren’t sold all the way. Something we weren’t able to get in the PAX build was our next iteration on the Huntress and Monk:

     


    You can see the progression we made over time, the first being the version we released into Beta, the second being a first pass presented in the survey, and the last being an updated version based on the feedback we got.
    These images felt to us a lot closer to Dungeon Defenders, while bringing them graphically up to 2020. We’re going to continue to get feedback on these as well, but we’re really happy with where they are at currently.

    Roadmap
    Releasing into Early Access isn’t only going to be setting the game live in its early state and then providing the finished product months later. Instead, we’re going to be updating it over time, adding in features as they become polished and in a state we’re happy with. Thus, THE ROADMAP IS BORN! 



    As a studio, this is what we are sticking to as a studio. Should anything change, we are going to make sure that we keep all of you updated as soon as possible. We want this road map to serve as a look into where our focus is and as a promise for what we’ll deliver.

    Beta Closing
    We’ve already implemented a ton of Beta feedback and are currently working through more. As a result, we’re going to be bringing the Beta to an end on Sunday, February 2nd at 11:59PM. We were very happy with the amount of people that we got in and the amount of feedback provided. If you had fun in the Beta, it’s only the surface of what’s in store for you on Early Access and our full release! Early Access is less than a month away.

    What’s Next?
    We’re going to keep working. As shown in the Roadmap, we’ve got some ground to cover still. We want to keep updates coming and to further enhance our transparency and direct communication with our community. After Early Access launches, we plan on having updates showcasing the work that has been done, introducing you to members of the team, and giving you a look at the work it took to make Dungeon Defenders: Awakened.

    Chromatic Weekend Wind Down, Dev Streams, and more are going to be coming as we continue development. We’re very excited for everything coming out and are excited that all of you are along for the ride!

    Social Defenders
    To get reliable updates on what’s to come, be sure to check out our social platforms for the latest juiciest beans to be spilled:
    Twitter
    Facebook
    Discord
    Twitch
    The entire team thanks you for your support. We’re working to make Chromatic Games a studio that is able to create games current and future that our Defenders are sure to enjoy, because our games are made for YOU!
    For Etheria!
    Chromatic Games

  24. [CG] LAWLTA
    Good morning Defenders!

    We’re almost there! Steam Early Access (check it out here) is just a few hours away, and on behalf of everyone at Chromatic Games, THANK YOU. To our players new and old, wider community, backers, and advocates, you have paved the way for us to continue to breathe life into this franchise, and Dungeon Defenders is truly stronger than ever!

    I wanted to take a quick moment to drop a few fun never before seen pieces of content, as well as a message about what you should expect not only today, but in the coming months. If you’re new or haven’t already checked out the DDA Early Access Roadmap here, please be sure to do so.

    As many of you know, we started on Awakened a little under a year ago. Making a game like Dungeon Defenders is not easy. For those who don’t know what goes into making a systems heavy game like ours, here are some numbers to give you better context as to how much we’ve gotten done and what is reflected in the Early Access experience you’ll be playing today and for the next few months...
    Characters: Over 40 (heroes, enemies, NPCs, and Pets)
    Maps: ~12 tile sets over 15 maps
    Unique weapons: Over 80, with over 80,000 total color combinations possible (be sure to grind for those rare white and gold weapons!)
    Unique armor pieces and accessories: 50
    Animations per hero: Over 50 each
    Animations per enemy: On average about 10
    Hand drawn / illustrated icons: Over 200
    100’s of concept art pieces / illustrations
    Music tracks: Over 20
    UI Scenes and Widgets: Over 250
    Over 200 design documents
    Dozens of game features and systems, totalling over 90,832 lines of code and counting
    All with under 30 developers, in a newly formed studio, in less than a year. The amount of work and love put into this has been nothing less than incredible! And what better to celebrate this achievement with our community than with Early Access launching in a few hours? Oh! I know what’s better! How about a teaser? Click here to see what’s coming later to DD:A!

    We’ve already heard tons of feedback from our beta in November and have been working towards addressing the biggest concerns from our fans. If you missed this blog, give it a read for more information on our post beta survey. Much of that feedback will be represented in today’s build, and much will be rolled out in the coming months. 
    Until then, we ask you to bear with us while we iron out some kinks. More specifically, but not exclusively, we’re currently working to improve upon these areas over the coming weeks and months, leading all the way up to our 1.0 launch:
    Performance optimizations
    4P split screen support
    More polished gamepad controls 
    Continuous UI aesthetic transformation & polish
    Hero progression updates
    Polishing up some epic boss battles
    Rolling out the higher difficulties
    Implementing our story elements via beautiful new in game cinematics
    Finishing up the Kickstarter and Pre-order rewards for 1.0
    Anti Hacking measures
    The list goes on...
    Anyhoo, the time is NOW for hype! We need your help to spread the word today! Grab your friends, and join us online at 1PM ET for the Early Access launch of Dungeon Defenders: Awakened!
    Sincerely,
    Chromatic Games
  25. [CG] LAWLTA
    Greetings Defenders and Happy Holidays!

    I hope everyone has been enjoying our most recent update, Drakenfrost! It was definitely a new experiment into how we deliver content, and I can’t wait to see all the feedback about it. How did you feel about our recent release of the Drakenlord? Let us know your thoughts in this thread!
    I didn’t come here entirely for feedback… I may have an ulterior motive… to deliver some tremendous news!
    I have recently been promoted to Creative Director on the Dungeon Defenders team!
    I’ll be leading the direction of Dungeon Defenders into the future with the help of our amazing team!
    We’re going to make the changes that you, our Defenders, want to see. We’ll also be able to make even more exciting new content and features for Dungeon Defenders II than we ever have before.
    But what does this mean for the players?
    Well let’s recap a little bit. I started as a community member, Caster’s Guild streamer, and Dungeon Defenders player. My tenure at Trendy started off with an internship that grew into an Associate Producer position, where I was eventually able to mold and shape some of our most recent updates - for example Protean Shift, Isle of Dread, and the Drakenfrost update.  
    Josh comes into all of this with deep knowledge of the original Dungeon Defenders title, the aspects of it that players enjoyed, and is a master of the technical arts.  
    Our primary goal and focus is to build upon recent successes through continuing to evolve DD2 into the game we all know it can and should be.
    So what are some of the things we’re thinking about?
    We’re looking at our pain points:
    We’ve been improving Ancient Power since its release and we know that everyone is still not as stoked about it as we were hoping.  In 2019 we will continue to iterate and expand upon this feature until it hits the mark we’re all hoping for.
    We also know there are some Inventory pain points that players have with stacking Shards, amount of free space, and clunky navigation. We’ve already made significant improvements to finding Mods and sorting your inventory, but we’re always looking at doing more to make it easier and easier.


    In the near future:
    We’re looking at expanding our elemental combo system. The goals for this are to add intuitive and interesting combinations between damage types, setting you up for some mad alchemy with new and beefier elemental interactions (what if poison exploded when hit with fire damage?).  Elemental interactions entered Dungeon Defenders II before our Free-to-Play launch and while our old plans to expand upon them have grown dusty on the shelf, I have never forgotten how excited they made me about the potential for DD2. We want to rekindle that excitement and realize this feature’s potential.

    We’re also looking at acquisition methods for all of your loot and rewards in the game. We know people are looking for specific Shards, 10/10 Qualibean™ MODS, crafting materials, re-roll items...basically all the things. Our new Lead Designer (Mark Telfer) has made appeasing you his primary goal in life and loot acquisition is where he’s decided to start. Much like with recent changes to MOD roll and drop rates, your feedback will be essential to this process — so keep reaching out and letting us know your thoughts.

    In the slightly farther future:
    We’re looking at creating a better “purpose for play.” Some people call this a “chase” in a game. We know some people enjoy getting to high floors of Onslaught, and some enjoy getting fully kitted out with Chaos VIII gear, Gilded Shards, all Ancient Powers, etc. but we also know that we can do even better than that.
    We want our players to have a more meaningful reason for getting all the new loot and levels in our progression systems. One avenue we’ve been playing with is an “ultimate boss” style encounter. The Lost Eternia Shard DLC packs proved the concept for the franchise, and we are currently exploring ways we can hit that emotional high-point in the contemporary DD2 format.  Modern MMO’s and RPG’s have taken big strides when it comes to designing boss fights and we’re looking to mirror their modern, elegant style.
    There’s also an ongoing conversation about adding additional ways to acquire heroes and premium currency via gameplay. We really want to make sure that all our players are feeling adequately rewarded for playing our game. We’re going take a look at what our Gem purchases and pricings are like, and evaluate ways that we can make these more “player-first.”
    We’re here to make a dope experience for you, and we’re going to double-down on that as our direction moving forward.  (My first act as Creative Director was to declare “we’re going to make dope s***” as the new modus operandi.)

    Real Talk:
    We have a small, but dedicated team working on delivering Dungeon Defenders to everyone in the best way that we know how. We’re people (just like you!) making a free to play game, so there will always be monetization and occasionally we’ll make some mistakes with features.  Additionally, change does not always occur at the speed at which you wish it would. We have processes for improving, but they remain what they are — a process. That being said, our ultimate goal is always to make a game that you guys want to play, and to continue to experiment with finding new and interesting content and release methods.

    Do not forget that each and every one of you are an essential part of DD2 now and the shape of what it becomes in the future. Continue to give us all your feedback, opinions, and ideas using the appropriate methods.
    We’ll do our best to fix bugs, add content, and provide new features to the game as we keep developing in 2019.
    Join me, and the entire team, in making Dungeon Defenders II, and all our future Dungeon Defenders games, into the best games they can possibly be.
    Sincerely,
    Colin “Elandrian” Fisher and the entire Dungeon Defenders II Team.
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